Black-Owned Restaurants | Featuring the Founder of America’s Favorite: Roscoe’s

June 6, 2020

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Black-Owned Restaurants | Featuring the Founder of America’s Favorite: Roscoe’s

Meet Herb Hudson — he founded Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles in 1975 and has grown it into a Southern California staple. We sat down with Herb to find out about his life, his business, and his message to other Black restaurant owners.


Tell us about how your restaurant got started.

I came to Hollywood after leaving New York City, looking for something new in California. When I arrived I noticed there were no good chicken places and not so good waffles in town. The Famous Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles was commenced then, in 1975 in Hollywood, CA.
Since then it was a hot spot calling musicians of the jazz era and many Hollywood elite. Today it remains a California institution with 7 locations in Southern California and more to open. Roscoe’s has been serving its communities for over 40 years.

What is your signature dish and what does it mean to you?

We are an American Specialty Food Restaurant, and our specialty is Chicken and Waffles. It’s the best food combination in my opinion. You get sweet, savory, hearty and so much flavor all in one bite.

Tell us what the Black Lives Matter movement means to you and your business.

Being a Black business owner hasn’t been an easy road. I’ve faced opposition when certain city officials got news that I was Black. During certain restaurant opening ceremonies, I haven’t always had support from the city. Being Black, I’ve dealt with employees and managers not liking the idea of working for a “Black man” therefore leading into conflicts and ultimately lawsuits. Blacks go through this every day. Even more so in business.
I stand with my people! BLACK LIVES MATTER. We have been so fortunate to have such dedicated customers of our establishment. This protest itself has proved it. We are currently open at all our locations for delivery and takeout. Also for dine-in in Anaheim, Orange County.

What do you want to say to other Black restaurant owners?

To other black business owners, this means that we need to be 10X more business savvy, 10X more knowledgeable in our rights, and 10X more poised and ready for anything. This pandemic won’t get us down! Hang in there. We got this. For serious issues with your business, please reach out to my team. I would love to help my fellow brothers and sisters.

This week we launched the Black-Owned Restaurants collection in over 130 cities and counting. Every order from this collection will have no delivery fee. Find these restaurants by searching “Black-Owned” in the Postmates app.

In addition, we’re working to add more Black-owned restaurants to our list. If you know a business in your area that you’d like to support, let us know at Black-owned@postmates.com.

We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, our restaurant partners, our Postmates Fleet, and each of you across the country, but will continually ask ourselves what we can do to help, and build on our actions.

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