Local favorites and minority-owned restaurants, Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen, Harold & Belle’s and Alta all have one thing in common – flavorful food. Recently Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas visited these three restaurants, and many others, to show his continued support for small businesses in need during this crisis.
“Local mom and pop restaurants have been some of the most recognizable small businesses that have been hit the hardest financially by covid-19. With a long road back to normalcy, I urge all patrons to do their part to safely support these restaurants,” commented the Supervisor while picking up food to go. “They represent the best of what we enjoy and love about Los Angeles County and our local communities.”
As we enter into stage 2 of the reopening, now more than ever, it is crucial to continue to support your favorite restaurants but also practice safe distancing. When local businesses thrive, the community thrives.
Founder and former owner of Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen, Adolf Dulan dubbed The King of Soul Food has reigned over the Los Angeles food scene for nearly 40 years. His son and head chef, Gregory Dulan had this to say about staying open during this crisis. “Unfortunately, a lot of employees live paycheck to paycheck and we wanted to do everything we could to stay open to keep our employees working. We also wanted to stay open so that we could serve the community and do our best to be good community citizens.”
“Harold & Belles is family, it’s home, it’s authentic home cooking. We have a very loyal following that has stuck with us throughout this entire COVID crisis and it’s been pretty amazing to see,” explained Director of Operations for Harold & Belles, Andrew Alvarado. Established in 1986, Harold & Belles have always prided themselves on their creole/Cajun style cuisine. Alvarado whose favorite dish is the file-gumbo, has a unique menu consisting of Po-Boy Sandwiches, Red Beans & Rice and Louisiana styled catfish.
“Alta was created to elevate soul food, so, it’s soul food done with traditional flavors just elevated with raw products.” Known for their oxtails and collard greens, this restaurant in the West Adams community is Los Angeles’ newest hot spot.
Although these restaurants may have been briefly impacted by the devastating economic toll of the novel coronavirus, it certainly hasn’t stopped them. Though the power of food may have strengthened and united their community. Because of their loyal customers who have been a much-needed support during these desperate times, these restaurants have not only been able to survive they have been able to thrive.