The famous soul food restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland has disappeared

A 15-year-old beloved restaurant in Oakland known for its delicious take on soul food has now closed for good. Brown Sugar Kitchen owner, celebrity chef Tanya Holland, opened the wildly popular restaurant in 2008 on Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. After serving signature specialties like okra, fried chicken and cornmeal waffles for more than a decade, Holland decided in 2019 to move Brown Sugar Kitchen to 2295 Broadway, which gave the restaurant a presence. most visible in Uptown Oakland. According to BerkleysideHolland closed the restaurant for good as she struggled to make the restaurant break even due to the pandemic – and after several years of financial difficulties in her mini-empire.

Brown Sugar Kitchen closed over the holidays for a break, but Holland said this week the closure will be permanent.

“I feel bad that people couldn’t schedule their last meal at Brown Sugar Kitchen. I wanted to say a final goodbye, but that’s just not possible,” Holland told Berkleyside. Last year, Holland made a last ditch effort to prevent the site’s permanent closure by filing for bankruptcy. “It was my dream, and I just couldn’t let go. But when you get to where the money came out, it’s time to let go,” Holland told Berkleyside.

Brown Sugar Kitchen rose to national prominence when Holland was cast in the cast of Excellent chef. She had also appeared on the Food Network show Crucible and in 2020, she created her own cooking show on Oprah’s OWN. But according to the SF Chronicle, mounting financial challenges became so difficult in January 2020 that Holland was forced to close the Brown Sugar Kitchen location she had opened at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, which had been open for less than a year. Unfortunately, Oakland’s historic location has also fallen victim to the challenges.

Photo Credit: Brown Sugar Kitchen

Holland will always have a massive footprint in the restaurant industry as she continues her role on the board of the James Beard Foundation. Later this year, she will also release a new cookbook titled california soul. Holland still operates a vegan restaurant called Town Fare inside the museum in Oakland California, and has his own show TAnya’s kitchen table, continue to. ” I realized my dream. How many people can say that?” Holland told Berkeleyside. “I’m sad it’s not going to continue, but I’m lucky to see what I dreamed of happening.”

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