Over 50 years ago our Mother Ruthie open her 1st restaurant in downtown Brooklyn. Bringing her Southern Authentic Dishes. People came from near and far. Countless customers would stand on long lines waiting to order and have a chat with Ruthie. She treated every customer with a loving smile and those dedicated customer returned time and time again. In 2005 UPN channel 9 with Brenda Blackman held a Soul Food Contest. Ruthies became the #1 Soul Food restaurant in New York’s 5 boroughs and New Jersey. Still today She’s #1 undefeated. (see video in gallery section) .I talked to my Mother about expanding to Charlotte, NC. She came to Charlotte and saw the potential and gave me her blessings.
I searched the Charlotte area for a location. Unfortunately, at that time there was the Recession and high rents. So we decided to be patient. Three years later our Beloved Mom graduated to heaven. In keeping with my promise to her, I started to look again. At that time the food truck industry started to show lots of promise. I decided to open Ruthie’s of Charlotte. She was unable to see the her blessing in fruition. My Brother and Sister were running restaurants in Brooklyn. So I decided to put our pictures on the food truck. She touched and fed many people, even the homeless. The Borough President Marty Markowitz proclaimed Ruthie as a "Soul Food Legend of Her Time" (see gallery). Many officials, law enforcement, political figures, movie stars, radio personalities and people from all walks of life, loved and missed our Beloved Mother. Many accolades and articles were written about our Mother. She is remembered as The Queen of Soul Food and Ruthies as being a home away from Home. We are known as The Rolls Royce of Soul Food. Our Mother has made Ruthies a household name. I chose to honor my Mothers legacy by opening Ruthie’s of Charlotte. Bringing our Mothers Authentic Soul Food Recipes to Charlotte has been wonderful. Many people in Charlotte are from the NY area always speak favorable memories. Our Desire is to open other Ruthie’s in the near future.
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