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dual success story: taylor street becomes a host organization for j-1 training program

Taylor St. Baristas, a pioneering London-based specialty café chain, has become a thriving training ground for young business operations professionals in New York City.

Since its opening in 2015, Taylor St. Baristas’ New York location quickly captured the hearts and palates of New Yorkers, being named as one of “Five of the best Manhattan Cafes” by the Financial Times and receiving rave reviews from The New York Coffee Guide.

The company has been hosting J-1 training programs since 2016. The program encompasses areas of Operations Management, Business Management, and Business Development & Marketing. The company works closely with the law office of Wildes & Weinberg P.C. in selecting and processing applications from candidates, and has welcomed many young professionals into their program who are eager to learn about the U.S. food & beverage services industry from an operations/business perspective.

“It’s been a really exciting and rewarding experience for us as a company, as well as for the trainees,” notes Richard Shaer, Taylor Street’s visionary CEO. “The J-1 training program is very beneficial for our corporate culture, and already we’re seeing these young professionals take back the knowledge and skills learned in the U.S. to their home countries.”

(above) Michael Wildes, Managing Partner of W&W (left), with Richard Shaer, CEO of Taylor Street

Founded in 1960 by Michael’s father, Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings, the circumstances of which have inspired several films and documentaries, Wildes & Weinberg specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law. More than fifty six years since its inception the firm continues to serve a distinguished domestic and international clientele and covers all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum applications and all temporary and permanent type visas. 

In addition to running a highly successful immigration law practice, Michael serves as Counsel to Lincoln Center and two international/corporate law firm and is internationally renowned for his successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients such as performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, race car drivers, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s recent clients include famed artist Sarah Brightman, several Miss Universe winners as well as soccer icon Pele and Chef Jean-Georges. 

Despite difficulties currently being encountered in dealing with U.S. immigration authorities, Wildes & Weinberg has  maintained an extraordinary track record for success for its cases.  In addition, the firm’s  multilingual  staff is known for its experience and special expertise in processing each foreign national’s case with nothing less than the highest level of professionalism. 

Today, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg maintains offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey,  Miami, Florida, and Los Angeles, California and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

To learn more about J-1 visas or becoming a host organization please see our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at or call (212) 753-3468 to schedule a consultation.

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