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Anne is the co-owner of downtown’s Finnegan’s Wake, Civil Kitchen and Tinga Tacos. Her work in the hospitality industry started just as she became a teenager, bussing tables at a family friend’s restaurant. She grew up poor, the daughter of immigrants from Korea. Her parents taught her the value of the dollar and hard work. Anne says those values are peppered throughout her life, and were crucial as she had the unexpected opportunity to became a bar owner in her early 20s. She opens up about what it was like growing up a first generation American and how she sees her parents and her childhood in a new light after becoming a mother herself.
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