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

Sam? Are you a man of African decent? Probably not! At any rate, you did not do enough research!.
First of all, African Cuisine, Caribbean Cuisine, and Soul Food Cuisine are distintly different and should be respected as such. The stuggles of their businesses to stay afloat may be similar, but to clump Caribbean Cuisine, and African Cuisine as "Soul Food Cuisine" as your title states, is inappropriate. I still eat my Collard Greens every Sunday, I know what good Jollof Rice taste like, and I love the Shrimp Roti sold at the Berkeley Flea Martket! Maybe your title should have read, "Why are Resturants of African Desent Closing???
Speaking of the Berkeley Flea Market, may I make a clarification? Daniel has been selling Roti at the Berkeley Flea Market since the mid 80's! You quoted that his food cart was the closest he came to a true resturant... Not true! He operated his resturant for years on Sacramento Street in Berkeley before he sold it to Penny Baton, also from Trinidad. The neighborhood was an issue. There was a lot of drug selling in the area .Anyway, I share the grief of many who grew up and still enjoy the Cuisines of African People from around the World that we once more prevelent here. They enriched our culture and were a true treasure to us here in the East Bay. We should continue support the ones that remain.

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Posted by Stephanie Baxter on 07/09/2009 at 9:06 AM

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