Making time for family: Bistro owner gives up restaurant to help children grow

July 26, 2013 | Yolanda Putman |

Less than a year after finishing a 15-year prison sentence for robbery, 35-year-old Charmane Goins got married, had a baby and landed a job as owner and operator of the Bethlehem Bistro. The restaurant was ranked fifth among more than 500 restaurants on

The Bistro became the eatery of choice for several area ministers, but the job kept him working up to 14 hours a day, with little time to spend with his family. After a year, with no other job in sight, Goins quit.

"After being gone for so long and then to not be in my family's life and be effective, I just couldn't sacrifice that," he said.

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