WATCH: How to Beat the Odds as a Filipino Restaurateur

“Half us were high school drop outs. We were people of color. We were in the food industry. Statistically we should have failed.”

This man is LA’s local expert on backyard boogie and BBQ. Johneric Concordia, founder of The Park’s Finest in Downtown LA, fuses Filipino flavor and Southern soul to create pure ecstasy on a plate. But this family business is about more than just mouthwatering meatastic menus, The Park’s Finest uses food as a unifying force to connect, nourish, and engage the community. And that’s where the magic lies.

Film credit: Chris Dela Cruz

In August, Johneric took the NextDayBetter + LA stage as a featured speaker and let us know that a little hustle in your veins can make all the difference in the world. Watch his talk and you’ll be ready to hustle for some change too.

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> > Written by Sherina Ong, NextDayBetter Community Manager