Local Restaurant Initiative Addresses Inequities for Black Restaurateurs, Envisions South Side Corridors as Culinary Destination

Written by on July 2, 2022

Like countless restaurant owners, Aretha Davis was worried about how her business would survive the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You’re not really prepared, or you don’t foresee it, or the preparing that you had done ends up not being adequate enough to support the situation,” Davis says. “I wasn’t prepared.”

Davis owns a soul food restaurant and catering business in Chatham called Aretha’s Dream, which opened in 2016. She has loved cooking soul food since . . .



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