for Many years, Sami Khouri worked hidden. In basements and garages, he semi-legal Restaurants, Bars and Boxing clubs. Expensive and lavishly decorated, but limited in time. Only those who Khouris number owned, received in the inlet. This gave him an aloof, rebellious Aura that made him known throughout the city, but the Public, he was as a Person. Until today.
For now, the 30-year-old restaurateur with the anarchist broadcasting has taken over for the first Time, a Locally-not only as a Pop-up in time captured, but as a tenant. The former Quai 61 in the port Close to 200 seats, a sun terrace, which opens the view across the lake of Zurich to the city and the Alps. "The most beautifully located Restaurant in the city," says Freddy Burger, the former tenant of the house. The well-known Zurich-based restaurateur is called so, because it is the only one in the city, which is situated on stilts in the lake. 64. The allows you to around vision.
The Acquisition is a step that leads not only to Khouri can now use Public, it is, above all, a step up from the many years of nomadic existence in the sedentariness of the cellars in the Chräis Chäib to the shores of lake Zurich, from the ground to the light. Khouri presents itself all over the city. "I have thrown my whole Story in this house," says the hühnenhafte man with the gentle movements of a child in an interview in the office of his new eatery. The view on the lake.
But where exactly this Story begins? Which parts belong to? And what makes you so unique to Zürich? And Why is Sami Khouri so successful?
artists and drag Queens
The most obvious, and Khouri operation over many years of not only Restaurants, he's organized Shows. Event-Gastronomie say. "Entertain ment", says Freddy Burger. "Samigo Amusement," says Khouri of the new Local, which embellishes the Silhouette of a naked woman. Its target audience are "makers, who like it when someone makes something for you".
drag Queens with heels, as high as cocktail glasses, adding to his Local Bar a few inches above the floor, behind the small stature, small drinks proffer. A Gambler-table, as well as sword and fire artists in the spotlight.
stand out For this urge, there are two reasons for this. As the first Khouri called the saturated Zurich market, in the only on who noticed. And this was for him the duty, since he will inherit from his Palestinian parents. As a second and more important reason, he calls his style: "I need Action and adrenaline." So it will not boring, something must happen. This has always been so. This inner restlessness, which you could also call ADHD was in school, he flew a number of times. A conclusion he did not. He worked all the harder, as he an Apprenticeship as a screen printer, took. Of the houses occupants and the graffiti artists, with whom he in his spare time, topsy-turvy, learned Sami Khouri, that something on the legs is more important than making money. Its Credo then, as now: "things to tackle with Conviction and passion, not a career."
The shield verräts: He is here to stay. Photo: Sabina Bobst
The first Restaurant he opened ten years ago in a basement in Wipkingen. In a warehouse, in which he brought the furniture, which he gained during many years at flea markets and in second hand shops, hosted his friends. Not just alongside, but with all seriousness. He put tons of time both in the decoration as well as in the kitchen.
The word spread quickly. What he did contradicted the Teachings from the book for young entrepreneurs, business plan or budget. A cost-to-income-missing invoice. For Khouri contacts with the tamper and creative scene had stuck to the people who were accustomed to working in something they believed in. And had the skills to do so.
but, mostly, she learned Sami Khouri in Film, where he worked for many years as a camera assistant. To shoot, he realized how little acts in front of the camera, even when all around is nothing more than Chaos. In the choice of locations was clear to him that the prohibitions and limitations are not carved in stone.
And finally, he found the film's creators also be archetypal audience he wanted to appeal to its Restaurants in the future. "Creative people who turn their thing and make enough money." The party people were giving him too little payment powerful and caused too much Dirt. Even if in its Restaurants strict tie ban is civilized, it should go yet.
footballer and Models
In his Portofolio Boxing matches, which he directed as well as for society events were: the prominence heard of the expensive made Shows and reserved tables near the Ring. Footballers, Models or designers. Who stayed topsy-turvy for him. This was also the case for the Snack Palestine Grill, he opened 2013 on the cross road, and today still leads.
His Status was in Switzerland entrepreneurs sit up and take notice. Two years ago, Khouri received a request from Reto Gurtner, CEO and founder of the White Arena in Laax, the second-largest employer in the Canton of Graubünden. Gurtner, commissioned him to the mountain station Crap Sogn Gion to rebuild. With helicopters Khouri Material is allowed to heave high, Sprayer took care of the exterior façade, the renovation took three months. The effort was "higher than it would have been commercially viable sense," says Khouri. "We think both in large dimensions," said the great entrepreneur Gurtner at the pompous opening last year, the Ex-Federal councillor of the artist to the scene, bird, all were present.
"He is ahead of all"
Also in the Zurich gastro king, Freddy Burger was soon to Khouri's attention. "Khouri puts his soul into his projects, all his I is integrated," he says. That's why he sold his shares of the Restaurant to him. "He is Switzerland far ahead," he adds. In addition, nursing Khouri values that he with him for parts. "His Team is his family, this is also true for me."
And like a family, requires Khouri from its employees loyalty. For this, he would like to provide you with an environment you can stand. Competence is more important to him than the CV, creativity is a priority to punctuality. "In Sami, the employees get a fourth Chance," says one who has been working for a long while.
criticism gets Sami Khouri, especially for his Shows. For example, because he is of small stature strippers occur, and generally little attention to political correctness. He replied: "The artists have Fun, you belong to the family." To criticize your work, be arrogant. Although he still maintains contacts with the alternatives in the Zurich scene, it makes him to create that he is being criticized from this corner for his entrepreneurial Thinking. "I've never hidden that I would like to earn money," he says. Just not at any price. The family and the creative independence he weights in each case higher.
For this, he struggles on a daily basis: its independence. Do what he wants. New now permanently. But as retired, he would not have understood. "For me, it starts now."
Created: 15.01.2019, 21:31 PM