Archna Becker, the restaurateur behind popular restaurant Bhojanic, is being recognized in a big way with an award from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.
Becker, who emigrated from India to the U.S. at 11, worked her way up through the restaurant industry from a quick service drive-thru worker to, eventually, owner of Bhojanic. She employs more than two dozen Bhutanese refugees in the catering and restaurant business, and provides them with English lessons and helps facilitate their transition to the U.S.
A total of eight people in the restaurant industry were given awards nationwide. Becker received the PepsiCo Foodservice’s Faces of Diversity Award, which honors diverse members of the industry who have achieved success in the face of adversity, and who embody the American Dream.
Becker recently closed the original Bhojanic location in Decatur, but opened a Bhojanic Market on Emory’s campus earlier this year and is working on opening a new catering facility. There is also a Bhojanic location in Buckhead.