How did they do it?


Hannah and Marian Cheng are the definition of #boss goals. Co-founders of critic-favorite restaurant Mimi Cheng’s in the East Village, the two sisters recently opened a second location in Nolita.

We can imagine how difficult it is to open a restaurant in New York, let alone a restaurant as success of this. We can’t help but wonder: how did they do it? Luckily for us, Hannah and Marian recently dished on their success to The Cut.

“I think the way people describe us is that we are “go-hard” people. Even when it’s our relaxing time, we’re going to workout classes or running out to meet friends or going out to other restaurants to eat,” Hannah explained.

She recalled the first day after opening how difficult it was to keep going, despite their exhaustion.

“It was 3 a.m., and my entire family, including my fiancé, who also works on a trading floor and had to wake up at 5:30 a.m., were all sitting in the kitchen, like zombies, prepping broccoli for the next day. I’m looking around like, this is not what I signed up for, but I believe everything happens for a reason and we are able to pull it off because of who we are.”

She added that her and her sister are all about the focus, which means absolutely no multitasking.

“We don’t believe in multitasking. I did for many years and then I realized by multitasking, I was just doing a bunch of things slower. We now do things based on urgency and priority. It’s a way better system and you’re not so scatterbrained as a result.”

The thing that’s made the most difference in their lives, however, is having each other.

Marion said, “We know each other in and out.”

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