The narrative of John Kamau, a Kenyan entrepreneur thriving in the United States by selling Mutura, is a captivating blend of diligence and passion. As the owner of Lims Nyama Choma, Kamau has transformed his culinary skills into a flourishing business empire.
Despite the inspiring success story, Kamau’s journey was far from straightforward, marked by numerous challenges before his breakthrough. Originally from Limuru, he explored various endeavors, including working as a plumber in South Sudan and selling Curious in Zambia, in an effort to make ends meet.
In 2013, Kamau’s fortunes changed when he won the green card lottery, offering him an opportunity to pursue his dreams in the business world. With an unwavering desire for success, he relocated to Seattle, where he would eventually establish Lims Nyama Choma.
The inception of Lims Nyama Choma traces back to a pivotal moment in 2013 when Kamau showcased his exceptional culinary skills by grilling nyama choma at a friend’s gathering. The positive feedback and subsequent requests to cater for others fueled Kamau’s ambition to build a culinary empire.
Supported by his family, Kamau turned Lims Nyama Choma into a true family business. His wife, Caroline Kamau, assumed the role of the main chef, ensuring the authenticity of flavors. Their sons, Simon Kamau and Steve Kamau, contributed as a waiter and accountant, respectively, creating a cohesive team dedicated to delivering a taste of home to their customers.
Establishing a business in the United States came with its challenges, involving navigating complexities related to licenses and standards. However, Kamau’s unwavering spirit for success prevailed.
Shortly after its establishment, Lims Nyama Choma gained recognition and drew customers from diverse backgrounds, including Kenyan expatriates, South Africans, and non-Africans. The restaurant evolved beyond being a mere eatery, becoming a hub for the Kenyan community in Seattle, fostering a sense of community and familiarity.
Operating from Tuesdays to Sundays, Lims Nyama Choma transcended its role as a restaurant, offering a unique blend of mouth-watering Kenyan flavors, warm hospitality, and an authentic atmosphere. It became a go-to spot for Kenyan food enthusiasts seeking a taste of their homeland and a place to connect with fellow compatriots.
Reflecting on his journey, Kamau expressed, “Mostly hustlers like me fit here very well as opposed to the wealthy because this is where I got my first Ksh1 million here, so I can say it’s a great opportunity for those who are determined.”