Get to know the owners of Union Hmong Kitchen and Afro Deli

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Chef Yia Vang (left) owner of the Union Hmong Kitchen and Abdirahman Kahin (right) is the owner of Afro Deli.
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You may have heard about the success of two Minnesota restaurants: Union Hmong Kitchen and Afro Deli.

Each owner started their business with a dream. They wanted to share their culture, food and unique flavors with Minnesotans. And now, they are seeing success after years of hard work.   

Restaurant owners Chef Yia Vang and Abdirahman Kahin joined MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about what it takes to own and operate a restaurant. They shared stories of their success and setbacks, and described lessons they’ve learned along the way.  

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MPR News host Angela Davis (center) talks with Chef Yia Vang (right) and Abdirahman Kahin (left) in an MPR News studio in the Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul on Monday, October 9.
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