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Seattle Icon-Eagle begins new grant program for black-owned businesses
One of my favorite local fast food foods looking to give back. On August 30, Ezell’s Famous Chicken announced details of its new program called Rudd’s RUBB (Raising Up Black Businesses) Initiative, which will distribute thousands of dollars in unrestricted grants to 20 black-owned businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Ezell co-founder Louis Rudd created the program, and DoorDash signed on as a partner, helping launch the fund with a $40,000 donation (the Rudd family added an additional $10,000). RUBB hopes to add more partners soon, and is currently accepting grant applications through September 20.
Now in its 37th year, Ezell’s knows all too well the barriers Black-owned businesses can face, even as it has grown into one of the region’s most successful fast food franchises with 17 current locations in Washington and Oregon. “I have faced systemic racism, red striped racism, and outright racism… been denied access to capital,” Lewis Rudd said in a statement about the initiative. “We believe that supporting and promoting entrepreneurship will help close the wealth gap for African Americans and lead to other benefits such as improved medical care and education and reduced violence.”
Tom Douglas Plans Kirkland Site for Serious Pie for 2022
according to Seattle TimesTom Douglas is preparing a new location for his popular Serious Pie pizzeria, with plans to reside in Kirkland Shopping Centre, the village in Totem Lake by spring 2022. This will be the restaurant’s third location, after one in Ballard and the original Beltown, which spanned the Dahlia lounge space. The old one with dahlia bakery next door. Douglas had closed the vast majority of his restaurants early in the pandemic, but millions in federal grant money helped keep the business going. In addition to the recent reopening of Pike Place’s Seatown Market and Fish Fry and Carlile Room, it’s looking to revive other long-dormant properties, such as Lola. Meanwhile, this has to be a big event for the village at Lake Totem, which continues to boost its dining assortment, recently opening outposts of popular Bok a Bok, Salt and Straw, and California-based silverlake ramen.
Fuel Coffee debuted a new look after merging with Indie Bookshop Ada
Avid readers may want to head over to Fuel Coffee’s 19th Avenue E website to check out its new look. Months after its merger with independent book company Ada’s, the café now features various shelves in science, literature and children’s titles, along with a stylish new remodel that includes an expanded kitchen area, Capitol Hill Seattle (The blog contains some photos.) Customers at Fuel’s Wallingford and Montlake locations can expect similar changes to occur soon, as the rebranding continues. Ada acquired Fuel last May and is looking to expand its book footprint, which includes a retail location and neighborhood café, as well as a co-working space.