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Community Highlights: Meet Ramy Bahgat

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ramy Bahgat.

Ramy, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, with my mother, father and two brothers. I came to the United States for the first time in 1999. Traveling back and forth for years, I finally decided to make my life here in the United States in 2004 and made the Raleigh area my home in 2006. I found my love for the food industry in 2000. I have worked in every position you can think of and in multiple different food concepts, and I still continue find new, fun and exciting things to learn every day in this industry. I have always wanted something to call my own and in looking for new ways to challenge myself and try new things, I came upon an opportunity with my current partners to open Raleigh Rolls.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
In anything new you try in life, there are always challenges, so it has not been any different for me. The ups and downs have come and gone, but my love for the food industry and my drive to make something out of myself have always pushed me to continue to do what I love. I would not change any of the challenges I have been through because they have all gotten me to get to where I am today.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Inspired by travels throughout Southeast Asia, rolled ice cream became a personal fascination. After exploring many street food vendors in Thailand and Vietnam, as well as researching companies throughout the United States, Raleigh Rolls was born. Many of our menu items are an ode to the South and we try to include local ingredients that we love. We invite you to join us at the Morgan Street Food Hall.

How do you define success?
I personally feel that true success is being able to provide for my family while doing something that I love. When you can wake up every day knowing that you have built a brand you can be proud of and knowing that the product you are providing brings smiles to people’s faces and joy into their lives.

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