14 years ago, we opened Sweet Potatoes restaurant with little more than a dream to feed our community. Chef Stephanie Tyson created a southern menu built on the types of food and flavors she grew up eating. Even as the menu has evolved over the years, the food is and always has been truly southern.
But Stephanie has a lot of food in her soul, just like her grandmother Miss Ora. As a small child Stephanie often watched Miss Ora make 'tater Salad, fried chicken and banana puddin', never failing to cook something for anyone who dropped by.
Our new restaurant- Miss Ora's Kitchen- is a way to honor Stephanie's grandmother and her great-aunts, while providing Winston-Salem with a delicious new dining option. Miss Ora and her sisters all cooked with love and purpose, a guiding principle which will manifest itself at Miss Ora’s Kitchen.
Whereas Sweet Potatoes is a place to take your time and enjoy the company of others over a warm plate of food, Miss Ora's Kitchen will provide tasty southern cuisine in a more casual setting, for those with less time at their disposal. You'll also find pan-fried chicken as a flagship dish at Miss Ora's, a favorite twist on the classic southern fried chicken at Sweet Potatoes.
Miss Ora's Kitchen will make its home in a historic building on Trade Street, nestled in the heart of downtown, embedded in a neighborhood that feels like family. The restaurant will be a place you can stop in for a cup of coffee, and leave with a box of some of the best pan-fried chicken you've ever tasted.
Opening and running a restaurant is very expensive. But we're not only asking for support from our community for financial reasons; we're asking for support because we view our community as true partners in our long-term success. Downtown Winston-Salem, particularly Trade Street, is our neighborhood. We can't imagine opening a restaurant anywhere else, and we hope you'll join us in this new adventure.
We always encourage people to slow down and share a meal with family and friends. But when you don't want to cook, you can pick up some fried chicken, tasty sides and even a sweet potato pie from your extended family at Miss Ora’s Kitchen.
Branding and videography comes courtesy of Airtype, in the spirit of supporting a fellow downtown business.
Risks and challenges
Opening a restaurant is never easy, but our 14 years in the neighborhood as owners and operators of Sweet Potatoes give us a clear advantage. Finding the right staff and crafting a menu are always challenges, yet we overcome these by being present in our establishments and listening to our patrons. We are hands-on in the daily activities of our business, because our restaurant is an extension of our home.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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