Opening of a soul food restaurant in Springfield

Soul food is now available in Springfield with a restaurant in the Woodland Heights neighborhood.

Business partners Francine Pratt and Lyle Foster recently opened Queen City Soul Kitchen at 2006 N. Broadway Ave.

Foster, the owner of Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar, has been in the local restaurant game for some time.

Pratt, on the other hand, is well known for her work with Prosper Springfield and the local NAACP. But she also has experience in the food industry. Prior to moving to Springfield, Pratt worked in the food and beverage industry in California. She is responsible for 80% of the Queen City Soul Kitchen menu.

Francine Pratt is one of the Creative Design Partners of Queen City Soul Kitchen, located at 2006 N. Broadway Ave. PHOTO SUBMITTED

The idea to open Queen City Soul Kitchen came from Pratt and Foster joking that there weren’t any soul food options in Springfield, so one day they decided to do the their.

It all started as a pop-up at Big Momma’s, before Queen City Soul Kitchen moved to its own premises on Broadway Avenue.

Business has been slowed by the recent wave of COVID-19 in the Springfield area, but Queen City Soul Kitchen is trying to develop a loyal following.

Queen City Soul Kitchen serves fried chicken wings, baked beans and more. A popular dish at this establishment is the fried fish, which is served on Fridays. Pratt said they change the menu every month.

“I think my peach cobbler is a really good dish here,” said Pratt. “I learned it in California.”

Queen City Soul Kitchen is open three days a week: Friday 11:30 am to 8:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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