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Q&A with Diane Haugen, former director of the Lake City Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce
Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Diane Haugen at a local restaurant to talk about a changing Lake City, the meaning of community, and the joy of Alpacas. The former Executive Director of the Lake City/North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Lake City Community Center has moved on to new work in a different neighborhood, but says she feels she will always be part of the Lake City community.
ELC: How long did you work at the Chamber and the Community Center?
Ten years for the Chamber and five at the Community Center.
Do you miss Lake City?
I do miss the community. I drive through it every day though, and I’m not too far away, just in Meadowbrook. I go to restaurants in Lake City all the time so I really feel like I haven’t left.
ELC: What did you like best about the work?
I’ve met a lot of people and I have a lot of connections. I open windows for people. I like to put people together if they can help each other. At Chamber after hours, I’d find out what people needed — a caregiver, a salesman, etc.- and make introductions face to face. That is the part of the work that feeds me. Continue reading “Q & A with Diane Haugen, Community Connector”
There was a wonderful turnout for the Grand Opening Celebration at the new Savoy at Lake City on Thursday, November 16th. Karen Colangelo and staff put on a great event with a fantastic selection of food and libations as well as live music. The Savoy is located at 13730 Lake City Way NE. The Savoy is a a brand new 62+, age restricted apartment complex in Lake City.
You can visit their website here: http://thesavoylakecity.com/
Q&A with Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, Owner of Gyro on Lake City
Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Mohamed Abdel-Aziz at his Lake City Way restaurant to talk about delicious Mediterranean food, growing up in Egypt and life in Lake City. The restaurant recently moved a few doors down from its old location and now has a bigger seating area and a larger kitchen. And don’t miss our Mystery Diner’s “Rapid Restaurant Review” following the interview!
ELC: How long have you been in the restaurant business?
It’s been 25 years since I came to the States from Egypt.
ELC: How did you decide to start your own restaurant?
That was the job I found months after I came to the States, first as a cook, then a lead cook, then a manager. But I found myself going nowhere and I just wanted to have my own thing and not have a boss anymore; to be my own boss.
ELC: Did you learn to cook when you came to the States or in Egypt?
I knew a little bit from back home in Egypt, but when I came here I learned from the different restaurants I worked in. Red Robin, Salty’s , Applebee’s. I managed Applebee’s so I learned everything about the business at Applebee’s and I trained everyone else. Meetings with the cooks about the new commercials, how to cook the new items, everything.