written & photographed by Cesca Janece Waterfield
Home-Cooked Take-Out: Ordering take-out of home-cooked food seems like one of those modern follies that would make Grandma shake her head. But everyone will be reaching for the soul specialties served at Grandma’s Soul Food Restaurant. In operation since 1977, sick Grandma’s was originally located in the East End. They’ve been at 3825 Walmsley Blvd. in Ampthill Heights for 14 years. Inside are a few tables, a Pac Man game in the corner, and plenty of church notices and flyers offering services. The front door alongside the tables makes indoor dining chilly right now. But don’t let that keep you from visiting Grandma’s. If you decide to eat-in, you’ll be in good company: Framed paintings and prints are reminders of African American history and the values of owners and cooks, Bruce and Loretta Crenshaw.
Hosts: One of the best parts of visiting Grandma’s is chatting with the Crenshaws. Their daughters Kenya and Lannie and relative Pat complete the staff in the spotless kitchen. Kenya’s 5-year old son reminds everyone from bank tellers to cashiers to “Come eat at Grandma’s.” Grandma’s is a great option in a Richmond neighborhood that will benefit from the success of its small businesses.