Do you believe in happy endings?
One spring afternoon, Nesrin and Tolga’s paths crossed in one of the most magical cities in the world, Istanbul.
When she was a teenager, Nesrin was intrigued by the hotel industry through a friend of her sister’s since a career in hotels would allow her to travel around the world.
Tolga started attending hotel management school when his mother saw the school’s ad in a newspaper and thought it might be a good fit for her hyperactive son. Through serving others and taking care of their needs, he could channel his energy for a good cause. Tolga enjoyed cooking immensely and was offered a Chef’s position at the five-star hotel he was working when he was twenty. However, Tolga had other ambitions… He enjoyed being out of the kitchen and socializing with the guests while discovering the secrets of cooking and serving at home with his own guests.
This couple who was in love with tourism and hospitality worked in the most prestigious and world renowned hotels in Istanbul and Beverly Hills including the Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Intercontinental, Swissotel the Bosphorus, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Montage Beverly Hills and L’ermitage Beverly Hills.
As fate would have it, their paths would cross again on the other side of the ocean, in Los Angeles.
At first, they fell in love with Los Angeles, and then they realized they had fallen in love with each other and decided to get married, adding a wonderful romance to their story.
And this was not the end of their story. In August 2011 they had a beautiful baby boy, Ates. Their son brought them luck, and the Balli family turned a new leaf in their lives by acquiring Café Om.
Now here at Café Om, with the benefit of their hospitality background, they are hosting café regulars and new customers every day with their positive energy, smiling faces and happy hearts.
During their free time, Balli family enjoys the natural splendors of the Los Angeles coastline.
What’s next for them? Their dream is to establish a boutique hotel and offer the hospitality that has become a part of them through their careers, spanning 20 years.