Smothered Gravy Restaurant on The Near East Side
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September 14, 2010 1:35 pm at 1:35 pm #83425
Terrific story from the Dispatch:Quote:Eugena Dade has a vision, and nothing is going to stop her – not poverty, not illness and certainly not the naysayers who think opening a restaurant in a downtrodden neighborhood is a mistake.
Smothered Gravy, a restaurant serving what Dade describes as “fine comfort food” at affordable prices, is slated to open late this week or early next week at 1114 E. Main St., near the corner of Champion Avenue.
“A lot of people don’t think I can do this, but I’m moving on like a freight train,” Dade said. “This is my dream. This is what I’ve always wanted.”
The restaurant and its menu are meant to re-create old-fashioned family meals at Grandma’s house.September 14, 2010 1:51 pm at 1:51 pm #403629
Yes!! I love good soul food and would love to support Ms. Dade in her efforts. Can’t wait to try this out. Grits for breakfast, yum.September 14, 2010 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #403630
mmmmmmmmm all about the grits and comfort food. this is just in time for fall and winter.. good luck!September 14, 2010 2:06 pm at 2:06 pm #403631
Thanks for sharing this! I’ll have to try and make it down there right when she opens. Comfort food = yes, please!September 14, 2010 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm #403632
And I just re-read the article. Smothered chicken and waffles for breakfast? Hell yes!September 14, 2010 2:24 pm at 2:24 pm #403633
I hope she adds the dining space sooner rather than later.September 14, 2010 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm #403634
Excellent news, I will be trying this asap and if it’s as good as it sounds it could be badass to have takeout so close.September 14, 2010 5:10 pm at 5:10 pm #403635
Picking up shrimp and grits on the way into work, or chicken and rice on the way home — and shopping in my own neighborhood?
Sounds grrrreat!September 14, 2010 6:08 pm at 6:08 pm #403636
I am pretty sure I want to write a book about this woman, even though I haven’t met her yet. This…
“I want to show people that just because you’re poor or you’re in the ‘hood,’ you don’t have to live raggedy. Things can still be nice.”
made me love her instantly.
I hope the food is awesome and she’s wildly successful. You know what I’d love to see? Someone buy her some dining area. This woman is taking a huge and brave step, and I’d love to see it rewarded.September 14, 2010 6:14 pm at 6:14 pm #403637
lisathewaitress wrote >> You know what I’d love to see? Someone buy her some dining area. This woman is taking a huge and brave step, and I’d love to see it rewarded.
There will be no redistribution of gravy!September 14, 2010 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #403638
That block looks like it was renovated a while ago and just sitting empty waiting for takers. Glad someone else is going forward and opening up a restaurant here. Rigbsy’s opened a high end spot in the hood and succeeded, so why not places like this? Now keep in mind this is the third new place to open on E Main in less than a year after Irma’s on the intersection at Rhoades (Jamaican) and Zion Cafeteria (Soul Food) on Berkeley. I’ve got to make it down there this week and at least try one of these new places; if we want to see more places pop up here we’ve got to make a the trip out there and support what little good stuff there is and the food at this place sounds very promising. There is still a similar available spot right next door IIRC just in case anyone wants to join her.
Another plus is that I’ll finally be able to try Resch’s famous donuts without having to go way the hell out on E Livingston. Also, kudos to the Dispatch for another uplifting article on E Main in OTE. We need more of these vs. the usual one-sided all negative reporting.September 14, 2010 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm #403639
+1 to everything Columbusite saidSeptember 14, 2010 9:01 pm at 9:01 pm #403640
Isn’t the Jamaican place at Main & Rhoads called Irie? (not Irma’s)September 14, 2010 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm #403641
Great story!! Great for Main St. I will check out the restaurant.September 15, 2010 1:51 am at 1:51 am #403642
I’m really glad that she’s opening there – I hope it becomes a neighborhood anchor, along with the existing infrastructure and buuilt in work-crowd. However, that’s the least appetizing name for a restaurant I’ve ever heard.
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