Some of my best employees walked into the restaurant and said, “Hey, I’m looking for a job.”
My wife and my brother also help out even though they have jobs of their own, and my dishwasher, Carl, was a member of the community long before I got here.
I had a lot of doubts when I opened, but every time a customer visited, they’d tell me how much they believed in my team.
And because they believed in us, we’ve kept our doors open.
Here in Crown Heights, you can find curry chicken—the food of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where my parents grew up—on nearly every corner, but people get a lighter version of Caribbean food when they come here.
Many of our diners travel a good way for it, and they have a lot of pride when they discover that this is a black-owned restaurant.
Our braised lamb is part of that, but there’s a quality to the place that appeals to people on a human level.
Chef Rawlston Williams is Owner Of The FOOD SERMON Brooklyn