Black-owned restaurant ‘The Breakfast Klub’ is among the highest rated on Yelp
HOUSTON – Black History Month begins with accolades for a popular Houston restaurant.
Online review site Yelp has identified more than three dozen beauty, food and home decor businesses across the country that identify as Black-owned as ‘Ones To Watch’ to be well classified.
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downtown The breakfast club is on the list, and Friday’s freezing weather might help explain the lure as a long line of people waited to enter.
Once there, it’s loud and busy with chicken and waffles and fresh toast and oatmeal heading for eager diners who are, often, as hungry as they are looking to catch up with friends old and new.
“It’s one of the most beautiful places in America,” said restaurant Kobe James. “Without a good breakfast, you can’t have a good day!”
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Breakfast Klub founder Marcus Davis opened the restaurant 20 years ago. Although there has been a lot of hard work and challenges, he is not afraid to say that success is just as he imagined it.
“Yelp is a voice,” he said. “It gives people a voice, and people have spoken. For that, we are extremely grateful.”
Davis says much of the credit goes to her staff, who work hard and long to make the concept inviting and satisfying for diners. That’s what makes these people stand in the cold and the wind.
“It’s a landmark,” says restaurant Tamera McKnight. “I mean, you can’t come to Houston without coming to the Breakfast Klub.”
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It’s the kind of dedication that makes Davis grateful.
“We’re here to do what people give us the power to do,” he says, “As far as they want us to go; as high as they want to go; we operate on the extent to which the community supports us and empowers us.”
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The Breakfast Klub is one of three black-owned restaurants in Texas honored by Yelp. Another Houston firm, L Luxury Design, which specializes in interior design, is also on the “Ones To Watch” list.