We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Honga and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Without risk there is no reward. It’s always easy to take the path that has already been created before you. In that path, the reward goes mainly to someone else/ someone else’s dream.
As a retail manager most of my professional career, it took me a long time to be able to think outside the box. Creating The ANTIBACTERIA Cafeteria with my friend, has allowed me to do just that.
We risk getting ‘no’s’ all the time, but with every step in the project, it has taught us to adapt according to what response we get. It’s a rush as the final result happens with each event we create.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Starting out in clothing retail, I was able to learn a lot about the ins and outs of business. Learning different roles as I progressed as well as coaching/ training new employees.
Moving into kitchen retail, it brought the food aspect into this project. In clothing, the details sell the product. In food, the same thing applies.
I’ve always loved music so it seemed natural to bring the trifecta together to create a platform to build ourselves and our community up at the same time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Our project was birthed at Manuel’s on Indian School Rd. so it wouldn’t be right to not start out with them. Their frozen margaritas with extra salt are a win!
Heading up north to Sedona to enjoy the red rocks are a must. Ending in Flagstaff for the night with Pizzacletta for dinner and Mother Road Brewing for some beers to go.
Coming back down to the valley, we would recommend Nando’s Mexican Cafe for dinner, Desert Eagle Brewery for drinks and a show at Mesa Arts Center.
Finishing off at the Rhythm Room for a night of music, drinks, and company in downtown Phoenix.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The ANTIBACTERIA Cafeteria is a community build up project that focuses on local food, local drink, and local music. With that said we couldn’t be where we are today without the community. The people who showed up to our shows and to our live stream events.
There are a few standouts who really helped us out in the beginning. Patricia Rios (The Artisticat) helped create the idea with me. Noble Bread Co., Cutino Sauce Co. were some of our first sponsors for the project. Chef Frank Coloma (Gastronome AZ) was our first chef to create a dinner and a show for us.
And most importantly the bands who have played through our platform. They provided entertainment during the Covid shut down, so not only helped us, but helped people find a little escapism in a time that seemed daunting.