After CNN show comments upset public
By Rhondor Dowlat
June 28, 2017 – guardian.co.tt
Sabga-Aboud was responding to the public outcry on social media and the one-man protest staged in front one of his establishments in Maraval yesterday, about a statement he made on the CNN Anthony Bourdain show “Parts Unknown.”
Addressing his critics, Sabga-Aboud humbly apologised and admitted he used his words carelessly. He, however, praised his members of staff, whom he described as family and credited them for his accomplishments.
During Bourdain’s visit to T&T for the taping of the show, one of his dinner sessions was at Bayshore with Sabga-Aboud and several of his family members. The conversation started up with the Syrian-Lebanese community’s arrival in T&T and then went on to note the community was the smallest ethnic group in T&T with just under 5,000. This was where Sabga-Aboud interjected, saying “but the most powerful, well almost the most powerful.” He then said he was “very big in the food business” with 120 restaurants and referred to himself as the “Starbucks of the Caribbean.”
In a statement yesterday, Sabga-Aboud said he misrepresented himself and his values.