[Paleopsych] bd's mongolian barbeque opening a restaurant in Mongolia itself
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bd's mongolian barbeque®: Welcome!
[There's not a Mongolian in sight in the restaurant in Bethesda. Only Whites
(though on one theory the Mongolians were White, plus one black guy among those
behind the grill. So you don't need immigrants to produce ethnic food, here, or
in Mongolia itself!
[Click on the URL to get lots of photographs. I give an indication of what they
are in the article.]
[grandopening.gif] (May 2005)
Where do I begin? Do I begin by telling you the story of how this
thing first started or do I tell you how important a continuous supply
of propane gas is to a restaurant in Ulaanbaatar? Theres so much to
tell about this experience enough for a book! Stay tuned.
I do have to tell you how proud I am of all the BDs family and friends
who have worked so hard to get this amazing project off the ground.
Today, BDs has a new franchise restaurant in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Today, Mongolia has its first American Franchise Restaurant!
Today, the wonderful and historic Mongol Empire form of cooking has
returned to Mongolia.
Today, the Mongolian Youth Development Foundation has been set up with
annual donor it can count on.
Today, our first international bd's mongolian barbeque is open and
it's time to build the business.
Our first day, May 12, 2005 was hugely successful. We were coming off
of three great V.I.P. nights (practice nights before we officially
open) and the momentum did not stop. In fact, the only thing that did
stop was the anticipation. It is over and the restaurant is now
trading. Customers are coming in from all sides of Ulaanbaatar. There
are many Mongolian customers and a lot of foreigners. I am most
intrigued by how fast the word has spread. Yes, Esunmunkh (our
franchise partner) and his team have done a wonderful job with
advertising and public relations, but better has been the rapid word
of mouth. We seem to be the coolest new thing in town. Not only that,
guests are raving! They are raving about the food, the service and the
fun. They are glad and proud that we are in town.
Obviously it will be months and maybe years until we truly know how
successful we are. In the meantime, the BD's team has climbed another
mountain. A mountain we should be damn proud of getting to the top of!
Stay tuned for more updates, photos and information on this wonderful
Billy "BD" Downs
May 12, 2005
Two of the many authentic Mongolian pieces of art adorning the bd's in
Billy `bd' Downs and Esunmunkh (bd's franchise partner) toast the
opening of bd's in Ulaanbaatar.
Billy Downs and Esun celebrate the opening of the Detroit American
Trainer David Cupchak (Ann Arbor, Mich. bd's) teaches proper bar
service to the Mongolian team.
Trainers Jenny Phan (Novi, Mich. bd's) and Tim Shebak (Ann Arbor,
Mich. bd's) review training topics for the day.
The entire bd's mongolian barbeque team takes a moment for a group
photo before opening.
Tim Shebak and two managers pose in front of the grill.
The outside of bd's mongolian barbeque in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia!
bd's mongolian barbeque hosts the United States
and India Ambassadors.
Billy "bd" Downs has been searching for an avenue to give back to
Mongolia for quite some time. His first trip to Mongolia in 1997 was
spent touring the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, visiting nomadic
families throughout the countryside and learning about Mongolian
customs. While this trip provided Downs with a deep understanding of
the Mongolian culture and lifestyle, his goal to become intimately
involved with the country was not achieved.
For the next several years, Billy Downs continued to research
opportunities to help the country of Mongolia. Through this research
Downs met Myagmar Esunmunkh, a native of Mongolia who runs the
Mongolian Youth Development Foundation (MYDF). This non-profit
foundation located in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia was first established in
1995 and provides programs designed to help teach life skills to the
children of Ulaanbaatar.
In the early part of 2004, after meeting on several occasions in the
United States, the two formed a relationship based on a mutual
interest in each other's culture. In September 2004 Billy traveled
back to Mongolia, again with the goal of establishing an opportunity
to give back to this developing country. (Click here to read about
his trip in detail.) During his trip, Billy and Esunmunkh met and
discussed ways in which the two could work together to assist both the
Mongolian Youth Development Foundation, as well as the country of
Mongolia as a whole.
'BD' with MYDC President
These discussions led to a partnership and plans to franchise a
[bds.gif] in Ulaanbaatar with the idea that the profits of the
restaurant would be used to support the Mongolian Youth Development
Foundation. The partnership between Billy Downs and Myagmar Esunmunkh
aims to not only contribute to a very important charitable
organization through the profits of the restaurant, but to also assist
in the growth of the local economy through the employment of 20-30
local Mongolians. With the use of their earnings, these employees will
be able to feed, house and clothe both their immediate family, as well
as extended family members.
Satisfied that this is the perfect way to give back to Mongolia, Billy
"bd" Downs will be opening the doors to [bds.gif] - Ulaanbaatar in
For more information on the Mongolian Youth Development Foundation,
Help support the youth of Mongolia by purchasing cool stuff!
From May 2nd through July 17th, all bd's mongolian barbeque locations
will be selling World Tour t-shirts for $10 and specialty pint glasses
for $4. $5 of each t-shirt and $2 of each pint glass will go to
support the youth of Mongolia.
World Tour T-shirt
Donate to the youth of Mongolia!
To make a tax-deductible cash donation, please contact Mongo Charities
at (248) 398-2560.
bd's Ulaanbaatar under construction
Construction workers taking a break
Two months from now this will be a
fine dining establishment!
bd's Mongolia trip journal and photo gallery August 2004
Mongolia location announcement October 2004
Mongolian Youth Development Center
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