Pascal Attar (Ya Hala and Barbur World Foods)

My conversation this week is with Pascal Attar. He grew up in his family’s Lebanese Restaurant Ya Hala, and now helps run it along with Barbur World Foods. He’s got great perspectives on what it’s like working with your family, the importance of doing right by your customers and employees, and the story of what it’s like building a family business from a restaurant into two grocery stores over time.

Find more about Pascal and his family’s businesses at and at

As an add-on, after my mom listened to this podcast she spent five minutes telling me about how fantastic the deli at Barbur World Foods is. Super healthy, fresh, affordable, friendly people, lovely environment…she had so many good things to say about it that I don’t have space here to include them all. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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