Angie's Soul Cafe to Open in Renovated Hot Sauce Williams Building on Carnegie


[image-1] “We’re finally moving back to the street where we started,” says Akin Alafin, owner of Soul Republic United Restaurants. “A lot of people don’t know that that’s where Angie started at, in the Carnegie Hotel.”

Alafin is referring to Angie’s Soul Cafe originator Angie Jeter, who began her professional cooking career at the Carnegie Hotel at E. 69th Street. Jeter went on to open soul food restaurants after the hotel closed. Today, Alafin’s restaurant group also includes Zanzibar Soul Fusion, which has one location at Shaker Square and a new, second location downtown, in the former home of Stonetown.

Next up for Alafin is to renovate the former Hot Sauce Williams building at Carnegie and E. 79th in advance of a new Angie’s Soul Café location. Crews already have started work on the interior, which is being stripped to the studs, says Alafin.

“Everything inside will be brand-spanking new.”

The exterior, too, will receive plenty of love in an attempt to make the building appear completely new. When the dust finally settles in late summer, the company will shutter the Midtown location (3400 St. Clair Ave.) and reopen the following day on Carnegie. Diners can look forward to a soul food menu populated by baked and fried chicken dinners, fried fish plates, and comfort food dishes like braised oxtails, meatloaf and Salisbury steak.

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