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Making Food Fun.


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Making Food Fun.


Connection

When we first whipped out the pen and scratchpad to brainstorm our concept, we knew that no matter what we created, we NEEDED to be more than just a restaurant.  

After months of mental and emotional turmoil, we finally came to a mission we deemed greater than ourselves: Inspiring connection.  

In our menu research, we stumbled across many interesting dining styles, but two stood out among the crowd: Fondue and shareable bites (Tapas, Izakaya, Mezze, Dim Sum, etc).  We noticed the fun, intimacy, and chattiness prevalent in these dining cultures and felt that this was the vibe we wanted.  We also took note of how these styles were available in what seemed to be every major city, but not in Peoria.  It was at this realization that we decided to utilize these dining styles as our starting point.

We're not a chain or a big corporation.  We're a small independent business willing to listen.  By staying humble and connecting with our community, we expect to learn, evolve, and grow.

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Why the name Mango?


Well, first of all... mangoes are awesome.

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Why the name Mango?


Well, first of all... mangoes are awesome.

When we first started brainstorming names, we took a look at many of the bigger businesses and restaurants out there already.  We noticed that a good handful of them had a food item as their name.  What was interesting was that the food item used as their name did not dominate their menu.  In some restaurants, it wasn't used at all.  The name was simply a symbol for their food and vibe.

After coming to that realization, we sought to find a food item that was congruent with our mission and purpose.  That's when we ran into the Mango.  Not only is the Mango known as the king of fruit, it is also the most cross-culturally utilized fruit in the world.  We'd decided that the name Mango would be the perfect symbol of our want to connect cultures, communities, and people.