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Co-founder of Hawkers dies at 46

Written By Scott Joseph On January 17, 2024

Danny “Kim” Ho. Photo: Hawkers Asian Street Food

Danny “Kin” Ho, one of the founders of the successful local chain Hawkers Asian Street Food, died Jan. 5 of a rare form of leukemia. He was 46. 

Ho, along with friends and partners Kaleb Harrell, Allen Lo and Wayne Yung, were on the front end of the still-popular street food trend when they opened the first Hawkers on Mills Avenue in  2011. The concept was simple: feature a menu with the kinds of foods that could be found on the streets of various Asian cities, sold by vendors who would “hawk” their wares to passersby. The chain now has 15 locations in seven states.

In a post on Facebook, the co-founders credited Ho with laying the groundwork for Hawkers’ first commissary kitchen and for crafting woodwork found in several of the restaurants.

Among Ho’s survivors are his wife, Ying, a daughter, Everhett, and a son, Emmett.

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