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Super Hero Spotlight - Roger, Umami

Meet Roger Pekayoo, the owner of Umami Asian Bistro!

"Opening a restaurant has always been a passion project. After culinary school, it is a dream to one day have your own place to show off your skills. After having four other businesses, Umami is the place of my dreams." ~ Roger

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite colors: black & red
  • Language lesson: "Umami," a word the Japanese use to refer to the fifth element of taste, roughly translates to "deliciousness"
  • Fun fact: The brick & mortar restaurant concept was first started on a very successful food truck, which still serves the Triangle area!

Umami is a place for students to hang out and for the community to unwind. With an ever-evolving menu of Asian cuisine (including sushi), there's something for everyone. In the future, there will be live music and a DJ to entertain the Hillsborough Street community in the evening hours.

Superhero (ˈsü-pər-ˌhir-(ˌ)ō) -  an exceptionally skillful or successful person; one exhibiting extraordinary powers

Small business owners, especially women and/or BIPOC, have to exhibit extraordinary skill to survive & thrive. We're celebrating our local superheros - Minority and Women Business Owners who show up for their teams, their customers and their community every day.

Follow along on social media to see the latest superhero features or visit our Super Hero page to see all the artwork released so far!


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