SF Ferry Building’s first black-owned restaurant is closing

A year after opening a Brown Sugar Kitchen counter in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, noted chef Tanya Holland is closing that eatery.

But there’s good news for fans of the soul food queen’s fried chicken, gumbo and catfish: Her signature restaurant in Oakland is going strong, and she’s working on new ventures.

The S.F. eatery — the first Ferry Building business owned by a black entrepreneur — will close Jan. 19, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. No reason was reported for the closing, but Holland said in a statement that “being an entrepreneur means taking big risks and trying new things.”

“While we’re disappointed to step back from Brown Sugar Kitchen’s counter concept, I’m personally deeply proud to have established the first black female-owned restaurant in the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building,” she said.

Holland burst onto the West Oakland scene more than a decade ago, introducing diners on Mandela Parkway to her new-style soul food. During those years, she earned Michelin Bib Gourmand honors for fabulous but affordable food, published a cookbook (“Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland”) and appeared on the Food Network’s “Top Chef.”

In 2017, she announced plans to take over part of the uptown space that formerly housed Pican and Ozumo. That Brown Sugar Kitchen opened in February of 2019.

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Holland told the Chronicle that she is pursuing “exciting new opportunities” that will be announced soon.

Details: Brown Sugar Kitchen is open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at 2295 Broadway, Oakland.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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