What Is Killing the East Bay's Soul Food Restaurants? 

The recession has been hard on restaurants of every type, but it's been particularly hard on the owners of soul food, Caribbean, or Louisiana kitchens.

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So in April 2008, Decuir once again asked God for support. "I prayed again," she said. "I went to God and asked for confirmation to close my restaurant." The wishes of her sixteen-year-old self had come true, and she needed God to confirm that the glory was over, and it was okay to stop. "I don't care if it was one year or ten years." She had done what she always wanted to do. "I said, 'Dear Lord, I need permission to put this dream to sleep.'" And, like so many others, she did.

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