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From Williamsburg to Afghanistan

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Benjamin Shih, owner of Sweet Up's and Royal Oak, talks with New York Magazine about his life in the National Guard, and how a $150,000 "Patriot Express" business loan helped him expand what New York Mag calls his "hipster-bar mini-empire".

How does one go from Williamsburg to the front lines of the war of terror? According to Shih, It's all a part of the American Dream.

Shih’s family arrived from Taipei in 1968. “It was the American Dream,” he says. Shih went on to get both a law degree and tattoos, and then worked for Lexis-Nexis. He wanted to be his own boss, and in 2002, he used his savings to open Sweet Up’s. But he always wanted to be in the military, too; he identifies with his fellow soldiers. “They’re often poor, they value education, obligation—the social contract,” he says. “I have a foot in both worlds.”

He's likely to be shipped off to Afghanistan next year.

Read the rest at New York Mag.

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fuck that asshole benjamin and his shitty bars with their douchbag customers

gimme a break. bitch you prolly go to his bars every fuckin weekend.

someone is mad they didn't get to 'spin' their macbook one night.

is it just me, or is this guy the biggest piece of shit to ever step foot in williamsburg?

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