Portland food cart gets shot at reality TV

Portland food cart gets shot at reality TV

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 8:20 AM

PORTLAND- Local food cart owner Ramy Armans is about to jump into the shark tank.

He's hoping to turn his culinary idea into a brick-and-mortar eatery in Portland.

Amans will star in a new restaurant reality show Restaurant Startup, set to premier on CNBC in July.

Producers from the show came across Ramy's Lamb Shack, on Northeast 52nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, on Facebook. They liked his falafel-fusion style food.

One call and Ramy was soon on his way to Los Angeles to compete.

Ramy is from Egypt. He moved to Portland 13 years ago. During his time here, he's done a little bit of everything, but, cooking is his passion.

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Restaurant Startup is a shark tank for restaurateurs. The startups need to impress to get the sharks to invest.

Ramy said it was tough and rough, but, an experience he'll never forget.

"They see what you've done, from business plan, how you run the business and all that stuff," said Armans. "A little bit of drama here and there, some crying, some fire going. A lot of crazy stuff happening".

Four food carts from Portland were considered for the TV show. Produces came to the Rose City to sample the menus.

Ramy asked the sharks for $250,000 for 20 percent of his business. He couldn't say if he got it or not.

We'll have to wait for the answer when Restaurant Startup debuts July 8th at 10 p.m. on CNBC.

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