“After purchasing several residential and commercial properties in her early 20s, Bayoh turned to Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith for advice on how to diversify and become a restaurateur, a job she’s wanted since helping out at her grandmother’s restaurant in Liberia.
Smith suggested she purchase the landmark Kless Diner in 2007, giving her a key piece of advice in the process.
“I said, ‘Boy, I’d turn this place into an IHOP,'” he said. “I didn’t think she’d take my advice so literally.”
Adenah Bayoh: Honoree at the NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business event tonight has amazing story of success | NJBIZ
Adenah Bayoh’s ticking clock begins at 4:30 a.m. with a blaring alarm. Before she’s started eating her banana and toast, she’s calling her 24-hour restaurant to check in. Then she’s hopping in her car to attend early morning spin, boot camp and yoga classes, before coming home to a 4-month-old girl and a 3-year-old boy who need help getting ready for preschool.