How 24 Stages Led to One Couple’s Dream Restaurant

Andrew Friedman

Is there such a thing as fate?

Does some celestial force ensure that two souls, living distinct lives until the moment of encounter, will intersect at precisely the right moment to produce a sort-of cosmic alchemy?

The notion sounds fairy-tale quaint—perhaps even Nicholas Sparks-level cringe-inducing—until you come across stories like that of Laura and Sayat...