Sean John on Spur Tree And His Affinity for Ethiopia

Above: Sean John, owner of the New York restaurant and lounge Spur Tree, talks with us about his love for Ethiopia.

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, April 2, 2011

New York (Tadias) – Jamaican-born entrepreneur Sean John is the owner of Spur Tree Lounge, located in Lower East Side Manhattan. The hip and popular eatery, which was recently selected by MACY’s Culinary Council as one of NYC’s hottest restaurants, is frequented by tourists and New Yorkers alike, including Ethiopians whose country inspired the establishment’s logo. The menu combines Jamaican and Asian cuisine. But, the moment you walk into the restaurant, there is no mistaking Spur Tree’s subtle connection to Ethiopia.

In the following video Sean John discusses the success of his business, the story behind his logo, his affinity for Ethiopia and his extensive travels throughout the African nation.


5 Responses to “Sean John on Spur Tree And His Affinity for Ethiopia”

  1. 1 dj Apr 3rd, 2011 at 10:26 am


  2. 2 Tergume Apr 3rd, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    inspirational and the interview is very informative that express Sean’s love to Ethiopia and his attempt to define that connection. Thank you Tadias.

  3. 3 Maju Apr 4th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Sean looks like an oromo guy from my town Awasa. Glad you enjoyed mama Ethiopia! You look like you were at home.

    Question: Is Spur Three a town, Hill or both? She says Hill, he says town.

  4. 4 Cheery Apr 5th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Next time I am in NYC, I will be sure to stop by. The place looks hot. The reporter is a beauty!

    Bless and much love!

  5. 5 Sabata Dubbii Jun 1st, 2011 at 3:48 am

    The Odaa tree is the national symbol of the Oromians in Ethiopia for over 7000 years and I am very glad that Mr. Sean John has taken the picture and deeply felt in love with our national symbol and I believe it is the symbol of of our roots and the symbolization is appropriate and accurately so for millions in Ethiopia.

    I invite Mr Sean John and his DJ to include a beautiful song sang by a well known Singer from Canada Kemer who has been singing about the significance of the Odaa Tree in our culture.

    Thank you,

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