In the Now: Pok the Raw Bar | Two SMU students are proving you're never too young to be an entrepreneur. They share what's behind their success in the restaurant industry and how they plan to impact the community.
He started his first restaurant at 20 and his first bar when he was barely old enough to drink. Now, see how SMU undergrad, Francois Reihani is adding philanthropist to his already impressive resume.
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About Francois Reihani.
Francois Reihani is the 22-year-old founder of the Golden Child Group, owner of the We Are One Project, Mister Rich Dallas, La La Land Kind Cafe, and former founder of Bar Stellar, and Pok The Raw Bar. Born in Los Angeles, Reihani has spent equal parts of his life growing up in Los Angeles and Mexico.
In January 2017, the young entrepreneur transferred from the University of Southern California, to Southern Methodist University (while an undergraduate student at Southern Methodist University) opened his first restaurant concept, Pōk the Raw Bar, in Dallas’ vibrant West Village. As the co-founder and co-CEO of Pōk, Reihani helped usher in the first poke concept to the city. His natural business and industry acumen helped Pōk achieve incredible success, surpassing all initial (and already high) sales predictions. Just one semester away from graduation, Reihani dropped out of school to pursue his dreams full time.
Following the incredible success of Pōk, Reihani flipped his first bar concept, Bar Stellar, in September 2017. Located in Dallas’ thriving Knox-Henderson neighborhood, the craft cocktail bar married effortless design with stunning presentation and the highest level of service. Taking a business that was on the brink of bankruptcy, it only took Reihani 4 months to turn the business around, and another 10 to complete a sale.
Ever since Reihani was young, he thought like an entrepreneur. He washed cars and mowed lawns for money. When he was in middle school, he bought candy from the store and sold it to his classmates at a profit. In high school, he started his own party promotion company. Reihani has always had a true passion for hospitality and strives to ensure every guest receives the best possible experience, every time. Because of this dedication to quality service and experience, he was the youngest sales professional to be awarded Top Sales Associate for Volkswagen’s West Coast division at the age of 18. However, the entrepreneur says it was during his time on the business development team at SBE that he developed a true passion for hospitality.
Reihani has now experienced the restaurant, and bar industry. He plans on using his passion for hospitality and entrepreneurship to better the community around him. "I am very fortunate to have had so much experience at this age, to really show myself what I desire in life." "You quickly learn that just making money is not the key to happiness, and that plays a huge factor on my next projects" , says Reihani. Future plans ensure a path in Social Entrepreneurship...... stay tuned.
Today, Reihani remains committed to not only providing people with exceptional service and one-of-a-kind hospitality experiences, but also to inspiring the community through his concepts. Personally and professionally, he is driven by one underlying goal: to positively affect as many people as he can. In 2016, Reihani started the We Are One Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to arming the foster youth who are aging out with tools necessary to get on their feet.
Learn More at WeAreOneProject.org
we are one project
Non-profit organization dedicated to arming the foster youth who are aging out with tools necessary to get on their feet.
Mister Rich Dallas
Upscale nightclub located in the heart of Dallas, Knox Henderson.
Francois' latest project to be released FALL of 2018. Stay tuned for updates.
pok the raw bar
Pōk The Raw bar is healthy, pure and delicious food re-imagined. Our fresh ingredients are gathered from our local farmers and our unparalleled fish is flown in daily. We strive to create joyful experiences and savor every moment of life.
Updated American dishes go with lively cocktails at this retro setting with a dog-friendly patio.