Interview with Marilyn Edmund, One Family Diner
Who are your biggest influences?
My parents — they are self-made entrepreneurs. I remembered my mom would make different types of stuffed animals and my dad would take them to our makeshift roadside stand to sell. I also remember, every Saturday they would make a large pot of pelau, a Trinidadian dish, and we’d make lunch boxes to take to the homeless section of the village to give to the less fortunate. Those experiences helped me become the business owner I am today and motivated me to give to the community.
What drove you to start your company or firm?
The diner was previously owned by a close acquaintance and over the years the business had started to decline. The stress and debt became too much for him so he decided to walk away. I felt that this restaurant was a staple in the community so I made it my mission to save what the community had come to love.
Here at Boston Private we understand that wealth rarely has to do with money. What is your wealth really for? Tell us a little bit about what motivates you – the Why behind your passion and Why you work so hard to achieve your goals?
To me wealth is family; it is the reason I decided to name my business One Family Diner. My biggest goal wasn’t just to save a beloved restaurant in the community but also to spend more time with my family and loved ones. Reopening this business allowed me to accomplish both.
As a business person, what has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
With this business, I inherited a large amount of debt. I had many sleepless nights wondering how I was going to make things work. But the support of loyal customers, my family and loved ones motivated me to push forward.
I revamped the menu, worked out payment plans with vendors, and slowly but surely, business started to turn around.
What are some of the things you have learned about yourself that surprised you most?
I learned that I am capable of accomplishing anything I put my mind to. I have surprised myself with how strong I have become.
“If I could spend 30 minutes with a person of import, it would be….
Michelle Obama. To me she represents the true definition of a woman. She’s intelligent, strong, independent and family-oriented.
My favorite part of the day is...
My favorite part of the day would have to be mid-mornings. This is when I enjoy seeing the variety of customers walk through the door, whether it’s to dine-in and enjoy a delicious meal or take-out and enjoy it on the go.
One Family Diner
Where friends become family
One Family Diner is a family friendly restaurant located at 260 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester, MA. We serve a variety of food for breakfast and lunch, and serve as a meeting place for the community.