City Farm Co. is providing a whole new vibe to classic soul food favorites and we are here for it. Started by married couple, Shavone Browning and Lakendra Davis, it began as a local catering company elevating weddings and intimate events around the city. However, their sights were always on having a physical location. Mixed with working as a team in food and life has been a winning combination in the launch of their restaurant. “We were able to find a niche, stay grounded in our why and provide each other support,” as Shavone shares.
Those dreams came to fruition last month with the opening of their bespoke quick serve spot right in the heart of Marathon Village. City Farm’s new home is a converted residence built in the 1920’s when Marathon Village was home to all things manufacturing, including automobiles. Later becoming a predominantly African-American community. As they were wrapping up the finishing touches on their new spot, the family of the woman who previously owned the house actually stopped by to take a nostalgic pic inside. “They shared stories that gave our opening a whole new meaning”, as Shavone shares.
Paying homage to our style of soul food and the diaspora of black culture, “our recipes are inspired by the dishes our ancestors and grandmothers used to make,” shares Shavone. City Farm Co. dishes really take you back while simultaneously elevating your palate with their modern twists to some of your faves from salmon croquettes, fish + grits to their take on mac + cheese, which is delicious by the way.
City Farm’s intentionality is really one to be admired. They also bring in a high percentage of locally sourced food and ingredients, including working with a black owned farm in Kentucky. It’s not easy to source locally and to do it within community. They truly are the meal MVP’s.
You can view their menu and hours here.