Black-Owned Restaurants | Earle’s Restaurant
What is now a thriving restaurant in Los Angeles, Earle’s Restaurant sprouted from early childhood memories of eating delicious food in East Flatbush, Brooklyn New York.
Fast-forward to southern California during the year of 1984, co-owners and brothers Duane and Cary Earle sparked the idea to open up a cart, selling authentic New York-style hotdogs on Venice Beach. Not long after they began, crowds of people came to their cart, lining up to taste what the brothers had to offer.
Eight-years later in 1992, the demand for their signature dogs was great enough that they decided to open their very own brick-and-mortar restaurant during the throes of the LA Uprising.
Since 1992, the two have moved their business to the heart of the Crenshaw district in the South LA neighborhood of Leimert Park, and have expanded their menu to include options for every kind of dietary requirement or food preference. Today, they remain open, serving both locals, the elderly, and first-responders
We had the privilege of sitting down with co-owner Duane Earle to chat about Earle’s signature dishes, the ins and outs of running a successful Black-owned business, the 1992 LA Uprising, how COVID-19 has impacted his business, and how he and his brother give back to their community.