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John Seymour is as New York as they come. Born and raised in Yorkville (Manhattan), he grew up working alongside his father in an Irish pub as a busser, server, and bartender. Developing a blue-collar work effort in addition to an interest in food and drink, Seymour opened his first restaurant, a burger spot called Pop’s in Williamsburg in 2007. Then in 2013, he, with a team that includes Queensbridge legend Nas, opened the very first Sweet Chick on Bedford Ave. There are now three locations of the popular soul food joint (two in New York City, one in Los Angeles). As an influential figure in the city, Seymour recently connected with High Snobiety to talk about his career and love for his hometown, while venturing to some of Seymour’s favorite local eateries. His and Sweet Chick’s success could be attributable to being authentic. Seymour recognizes that long-standing restaurants go beyond being a place to eat, they’re community and cultural hubs that connect people. It’s where people share great conversation, memories, and experience that contribute to your personal makeup.

Read the full article with Seymour on High Snobiety and check out the video below.

 

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Rex Pham

Originally from the Bay Area, who then moved to Los Angeles, then out to New York City. NYU Stern MBA c/o 2014. Inspired by the grind of NYC to create something that has value. Lover of all things digital, culture, and brand strategy.

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