Small Business Saturday with Stacey Donadio is back this week with one of our FAVORITE Monmouth County restaurants, Semolina! Known for their farm-to-table simple cuisine, Semolina has truly wowed us since opening in Red Bank in 2019. We’re obsessed with the Pennsylvania Raised Porkchop, unbelievable pastas, and the Caramel Budino dessert that’s quite possibly the best dessert we’ve ever had! Stacey met with owner and chef, Chuck Lesbirel, to learn more about the path that brought him to opening the restaurant, some of the challenges he faced owning a restaurant during COVID, and the exciting plans he has for Semolina in 2021!
Where are you from and where do you live now?
Tell us about your business!
What’s your background? What made you go into what you’re doing now?
I started working in kitchens at the age of 14. I just got hooked onto the adrenaline rush of a restaurant kitchen.
What do you love about having a business in Monmouth County?
What has been the most challenging part of running your business during COVID, and how did you overcome it?
What’s your favorite business in Monmouth County (other than yours!)?
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