A Diné finds herself happily running a Turkish restaurant in San Fran
By Cindy Yurth
Nevertheless, there are always surprises ... like finding a Navajo running a fine Mediterranean restaurant on San Francisco's trendy Potrero Hill.
For Sherry Wilson, it was a combination of determination, serendipity, and a devil-may-care adventurousness that led her far from her hometown of St. Michaels, Ariz., and into a business in which she had absolutely no training or experience.
It all started three years ago. A social worker starting to burn out, Wilson had just turned 40 and was ready for a change. Her partner, Irfan Yalçin, was a Kurdish immigrant from Turkey who had just lost his job waiting tables on a cruise ship.
The pair had saved up some money, and when a Chinese restaurant on "P-Hill" went under, they decided to make an offer.