Richmond restaurateur Hamooda Shami once owned almost half the restaurants in a block from Carytown. Nowadays he only owns one – do not look back — and couldn’t be happier thanks to his new venture outside of the restaurant.
What happened: Blame the pandemic for the change. It made Shami re-evaluate his life and passions, he told Axios.
- By the time the pandemic broke out, Shami had only closed DLB’s two locations – Triple and South portrait house and Eleven months and sold his share New York Delicatessen.
- “I think a lot of people had the question, ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ during the pandemic,” Shami said.
But restaurants were One of its businesses has been hardest hit, and reopening in the pandemic has come with its own headache. Plus, after 20 years in the hospitality industry – and now at home with two young children – Shami was ready for a change.
- He toyed with the idea of selling DLB but said he was worried a new owner would erode the workforce.
Instead of this, Shami decided to close DLB’s Southside location while promoting and increasing the salaries of employees at the Broad location so he could hand over day-to-day operations.
- He then turned his full attention to his pandemic side hustle: buying and selling comics online.
Shami Paper originally wanted to evict Tiger from his home, but he’s had another shared epiphany of the pandemic: there’s no point working from home with a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old. He also had retail space.
What you will find: Shami likens the store to a boutique with a curated collection of stuff for nerds (his word!) for all ages and tastes, including:
- Comics, new and rare – including rated comics.
- Graphic Novels – Indie, traditional and manga, a Japanese comic type.
- Games – Traditional board games, some collectible video games, and role-playing and strategy games.
- Toys – Collectible and new, featuring many Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics characters that anyone would recognize.
Insider Tip: paper tiger offers complimentary wine and beer for buyers, with a enhanced version of the same ABC license This allows salons and art galleries to offer free drinks as a customer benefit, which went into effect in January.