The Carolina Kitchen Restaurant is bringing its exquisite soul food to the Rhode Island Row Plaza in Washington, DC. Currently operating two restaurants in Maryland, this will be its first franchise within the District. Owner- Chef Lance London believes this is a great area to start a new division of the restaurant.
Carolina Kitchen is recognized for serving some of the best soul food in the metropolitan area. The menu includes entrees like southern fried chicken smothered in gravy, baby back ribs, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried fish, peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, banana pudding, and much more. Many of the entrees were inspired by London’s late grandmother, Ma Pearl.
In addition to great food, on any given day, guest can expect to hear jazz and gospel music playing in the background of the restaurant. Open mic night is also available where customers are free to sing their favorite songs and recite or read poetry.
The new site will uphold a similar jazzy ambiance featuring various paintings and exhibits of jazz musicians like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and other icons of this genre. With 40 ft. tall ceilings and walls extending to about 6,000 sq. ft., roughly 250 people are likely to be seated. Not to mention, a separate dining area will be located on the top level for those who prefer private parties.
Also included in the restaurant will be a glass oyster bar. This will be the first of London’s restaurants to serve sumptuous oysters. Additionally, the menu will contain shrimp and grits along with a more varied section for the health conscious folks.
London opened his first restaurant in downtown Silver Spring, MD in 1996. However in 2003, the eatery was burned down to mere ashes. Encouraged by his father at an early age to become an entrepreneur, London did not allow tragedy to deter him from accomplishing his dream. Two years later, he crossed county lines into Prince Georges County Maryland and re-opened the restaurant at the Boulevard at Capital Centre Plaza, where business is booming.
Naturally, London has found his niche in the southern cuisine industry. He is continuously striving to make his mark in the community as a successful entrepreneur. The new eatery is scheduled to open by the end of February, making it the 3rd franchise in the area. In the forthcoming years, London plans to extend his restaurants to many cities around the world.