A new Oakland restaurant will celebrate Black women and heritage cuisine

Written by on August 10, 2021

Roux40’s jambalaya with head-on shrimp and lobster. Credit: Roux40

A restaurant celebrating Black heritage cuisine and run entirely by Black women and women of color will open in the Temescal district this fall.

Called Roux40, the restaurant is a project of Bay Area native Christina “Lala” Harrison and will be in the former Hog’s Apothecary space (which was briefly Magpie) at 375 40th St. Harrison has an ambitious vision for her restaurant; she wants it to be much more than a just a place to eat.

“This restaurant is me literally living . . .

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