In 2007, three young friends who had just graduated from Georgetown University — Jonathan Neman, Nathaniel Ru, and Nicholas Jammet — started a fast-casual salad restaurant called Sweetgreen. Co-founder Jonathan Neman is a Jew whose parents emigrated from Iran to the U.S. Today Sweetgreen employs more than 3,500 people and has scores of restaurants in seven states and Washington, D.C.
Quote: “I’m Persian Jewish and I have a huge family. I’m the oldest of four boys, and I have 20 first cousins. My wife — we got married last June — has a similar family situation. Every Friday night we have Shabbat. That’s a big part of our life.”
Sources: Wikipedia, The New York Times
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