Taking the Business By the Horns: Bull and Buddha, Pourghkeepsie, New York
The concept that is Bull and Buddha in Poughkeepsie, New York, began on a family vacation through Thailand when Alex Libin was a teenager. A spur-of-the-moment purchase by his parents resulted in a seven-foot-tall, 4,300-pound gold statue of Buddha that then resided in the family garage for the next several years.
Later, when law school did not provide a sufficient amount of professional inspiration, Libin pulled Buddha out of the garage and put him to good use. At just 21 years old, and on the exact weekend that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in 2008, unofficially marking the beginning of our current economic conditions, Alex Libin decided he would open a restaurant.
Bull and Buddha debuted in September 2010, and in the first year of business more than 100,000 guests came through the doors. Libin and his team are now in the midst of opening a second location in Albany, New York, perhaps by July 2012.
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