Tempe Restaurant Owner Receives Face of Diversity - American Dream Award

If you haven't heard of Raveen Arora, you've probably heard of his award-winning Dhaba Restaurant & Marketplace, which has been serving local residents divine Indian food for nearly 15 years. Arora last month received the National Restaurant Association's prestigious Face of Diversity award for his philanthropic initiatives, celebration of diversity and exemplary leadership skills. 

This award shows that Arora, a member of Local First Arizona, has been going the extra mile for longer than his restaurant has been open. His values are rooted in philanthropy, and as a refugee from India, Arora is no stranger to adversity. As a child, he worked with Mother Theresa and endured long lines to get basic necessities.

I would wake up hungry and angry as a child, and now, 65 years later, I wake up hungry but humble.
— Raveen Arora

Arora has used life's twists and turns as learning opportunities. A humble man, he uses his life lessons to boost others and treats his staff as family. Restaurants are an important part of the fabric of American culture, and Arora's support of his staff allows everyone to succeed. Those humble beliefs have allowed him and his restaurant to succeed.

Arora's journey is a local-business success story. He and the Dhaba Restaurant & Marketplace are intertwined with Tempe residents. Businesses such as his bring out the true culture of our state. Local First Arizona exists to connect local businesses to strengthen our economy.