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Lawren is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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New sandwich shop is first bite at restaurant business for Haitian immigrant

It started with the $5 mini chicken sandwich sold at a local coffee shop. Now, 30-year-old Shelton Seraphin, who is from Haiti, is seeking a bigger bite of the American business success story by opening his first sit-down restaurant earlier this month. Customers can now gobble-up tasty sandwiches with names like the Rooster Deluxe, Blue Bird and Angry Bird at Germain’s Chicken Sandwich Shop. Then stepped up to a food truck and became the purveyor of Gainesville’s most famous chicken sandwich.