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


brewer's waffles

Ajay Brewer

Brewer's Waffles


soul taco

Trey Owens

Soul Taco


the original ronnie's bbq

Ronnie Logan

The Original Ronnie's BBQ


ruby scoops

Rabia Kamara

Ruby Scoops


irie ting

Patricia Chatrie

Irie Ting


croaker's spot

Sherita McGowan

Croaker's Spot


urban hang suite

Kelli Lemon

Urban Hang Suite


addis ethiopian

Dilnessaw Bitew

Addis Ethiopian


ipanema café

Seth Campbell

Ipanema Café


lillie pearl

Mike Lindsey

Lillie Pearl


ms. bee's juice bar

Brandi Brown

Ms. Bee's Juice Bar


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.