Shaping the Williamsburg food scene

Alexandra Siwiec, who unremittingly found herself coming back to Greenpoint, Brooklyn throughout her childhood and adult life is the owner of One Bedford. Even after travels through Europe post-college, she knew she wanted to plant her roots in her favorite neighborhood, which is how One Bedford came to be. Alexandra was born and raised in Brooklyn. She graduated from Pace University in 2012 with a degree in a Communication Studies and a double minor in International Business and the Spanish language.

I was inspired to start the business by…. 

I was inspired by my Father who came to America over 30 years ago with nothing but a few dollars and a suitcase. His hard work, grit, and willingness to never give up has made me the person I am today. As a child, I was always inspired (and in awe) by how he runs a successful business. He is my best teacher. I am grateful to be able to learn from him everyday. However, it is not always easy working with family as they will always push you to your limits! At times there are days where you don’t feel like giving it your all, and there they are, your family pushing you to do otherwise. Although at times it is difficult, I always know that they want the best for me, and that is what is most important.

Most exciting part about owning your own business is…

making your own schedule! Although, many times in the restaurant industry it doesn’t feel this way as there is always something happening that needs your attention. However, delegating tasks to those who work for you and help you is one of the keys to success.

Ways I stay motivated to achieve my goals…

I play soccer. I have played for most of my life. Soccer keeps me motivated because you have to play hard, and not give up in order to win. I often compare the game of soccer to any business. If you show up, practice every day, and play as a team- you are bound for success. It is not always easy, and many times you will lose, but you always learn from your mistakes and you try again the next day.

My greatest lesson I’ve learned in entering the restaurant industry?

There are so many! However, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is nothing or no one is worth your stress and health. Stress will always be there but it can be managed. It needs to be managed! Stressful situations will arise from time to time and how one deals with those situations can truly effect your business.

Ways I celebrate my team’s accomplishments… 

Everyday I try to express how grateful and appreciative I am of my team. Annual holiday party! Actions speak louder than words.

Trends in the food industry that I am most excited about…

Farm to table has been a trend for a while now yet many more restaurants are focusing on the farm to table concept. It is not only a healthy concept but a delicious one as well. There are many farms in New York that try to partner with (seasonally). It is always fun working together especially when it benefits your health!

Your best advice for women entrepreneurs…

There is so much great advice out there from great women entrepreneurs. The advice that I always give out and always follow is to never give up, even though at times it’s the easier route, never give up & always stay focused. Take time to disconnect, but when it’s time to work but your heart and soul into it! You are the only person who can make your dreams come true.

My favorite quote is… 

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” -Amy Poehler

We have to ask, what is your favorite menu item?

My favorite item on the menu would be the pierogi. This is so close to home for me! I grew up eating my grandma’s home made pierogi. Potato and cheese pierogi are my favorite!


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