Ali Sonoko, a dishwasher at world-renowned Michelin-starred restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, was made a partner of the lauded restaurant. Sonoko, an immigrant from Gambia, has toiled in the restaurant’s kitchen since it opened in 2003. Noma has ranked No. 1 on the annual much-watched World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, organized by Britain’s Restaurant Magazine, on a several occasions.
Employee-ownership programs are popular in industries such as finance, engineering and manufacturing. But there are also employee-owned grocery chains as well as architecture firms. In the United States, the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), a non-profit organization, provides information on Employee Stock Option Plans, which are better known as ESOPs. In some cases, companies also offer profit-sharing and other types of equity structures.
Read more to find out how five other restaurants and food and beverage chains that have given their employees options to be part of their business.