While the restaurant and foodservice industry is one of the most diverse industries in our economy, we know Black people are underrepresented when it comes to ownership. Training and access to capital remain significant barriers for Black women and men who want to own their restaurant.
Gerry Fernandez, president and co-founder of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, leads a panel of Black professionals as they discuss the obstacles along the way as well as the success achieved in becoming multiunit restaurant owners. Three entrepreneurs share how their leadership, perseverance and creativity helped them sustain their brands through ups and downs. They share their keys to success in a compelling and “straight talk” fashion.