the entrepreneurs

Behind every restaurant is an entrepreneur. Behind every entrepreneur is a story. Explore how these local restaurants and entrepreneurs got their start.

ms. girlee's kitchen

Helen Holmes

Ms. Girlee's Kitchen

march

brewer's waffles

Ajay Brewer

Brewer's Waffles

april

soul taco

Trey Owens

Soul Taco

may

the original ronnie's bbq

Ronnie Logan

The Original Ronnie's BBQ

june

ruby scoops

Rabia Kamara

Ruby Scoops

july

irie ting

Patricia Chatrie

Irie Ting

aug

croaker's spot

Sherita McGowan

Croaker's Spot

sept

urban hang suite

Kelli Lemon

Urban Hang Suite

oct

addis ethiopian

Dilnessaw Bitew

Addis Ethiopian

nov

ipanema café

Seth Campbell

Ipanema Café

dec

lillie pearl

Mike Lindsey

Lillie Pearl

jan

ms. bee's juice bar

Brandi Brown

Ms. Bee's Juice Bar

feb

the open sign calendar

This calendar is a celebration of Black-owned restaurants in Richmond. Each calendar month, from March 2021 to February 2022, features a different entrepreneur alongside a quote from our interview with them. Our partners, BLK RVA and Richmond Tourism, were instrumental in helping us choose which restaurants to feature. It’s our hope that next time you’re getting takeout or going out to eat—you’ll consider giving your business to one of these twelve restaurants. And that you’ll also consider looking up other Black-owned restaurants in Richmond beyond just the ones we were able to highlight. 

One-hundred percent of calendar profits go directly to RVA Community Fridge: a grassroots group of BIPOC community leaders who are promoting equal access to healthy food, by giving it away for free.