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Meet The Winners Of The NBRHD Restaurant Development Program

July 13, 2021 Micah Golomb-Leavitt

Big news in the NBRHD: the winners of the NBRHD Restaurant Development Program in Miami have been announced, and The 305 is about to get a big dose of flavor.  

In January 2021, REEF launched its $1.25 million development program to uplift local Miami restaurants by helping them scale their delivery businesses during the pandemic. It goes without saying that the past year and a half have been challenging, and Miami restaurants have earned their sighs of relief. 

After receiving over 100 worthy applications, a standout group of eateries has been selected to reap the many benefits of the program, which includes a NBRHD Kitchens partnership agreement, a $10,000 marketing campaign, mentorship from the NBRHD Kitchens team, and access to REEF’s creative and production resources. With this support, the winning restaurants will become more scalable and readily available, able to bring menu favorites to your door even faster.  

And without further ado, the Miami winners of the 2021 NBRHD Restaurant Development Program are… 

SIMPLYGOOD PIZZA 

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Blending mouth-watering flavors with a good cause – that’s the premise behind SIMPLYGOOD PIZZA, the pizza concept helmed by Max Pierre that’s serving pies in tandem with a mission to serve their local community. Pierre is the owner and innovator behind the idea and is skilled in creating impactful brand experiences by merging hospitality and advocacy into his projects. This pop-up concept strives to bring the Miami community together through pizzas made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients while being a voice for neighborhood initiatives specific to the needs of the community. As a black-owned business, SIMPLYGOOD PIZZA focuses on tackling social and environmental issues that affect minority and immigrant communities while making a positive impact and inspiring customers to support each other. The shop offers a $10 Pay It Forward pie that allows you to buy a discounted cheese pizza for a person or family in need. 

Fooq’s Kebabs 

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A Miami favorite for Mediterranean cuisine for over six years, Fooq’s Kebabs shuttered its doors when the pandemic hit. But instead of throwing in the towel, Fooq’s owner David Foulquier shifted his focus to sister restaurant Eleventh Street Pizza, which recently received a glowing review from Barstool’s Dave Portnoy. Now, Fooq’s Kebabs will be revived through the NBRHD Restaurant Development Program but will reemerge with a slight twist, serving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern kebab bowls. As a two-time Michelin star recipient, Foulquier is well-equipped to deliver exciting Middle Eastern flavors to Miami in a more prolific way. 

2 Korean Girls 

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2 Korean Girls takes a healthy, fresh, and casual approach to Korean bibimbap. Always keeping flavors authentic, 2KG owners Jennifer and Michele Kaminski are carrying on their family’s recipes and serving them up in inventive ways to Miamians. Featuring delightfully simple meals, the menu is flexible for all diets and busy schedules. The sisters mesh tradition with modernity in their version of the popular Korean bibimbap dish (translated literally as ‘mixed rice’), topping each bowl with a heart-shaped egg and an unwavering commitment to sustainability through packaging and locally sourced ingredients. 

Pamela Wasabi 

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As an entirely vegan and gluten-free artisanal bakery, Pamela Wasabi is a one-of-a-kind concept founded by the eponymous author, poet, radio host, and entrepreneur. With a background in the psychology of eating, integrative nutrition, eastern philosophy, and plant-based food artistry, Wasabi wanted to create a bakery with an approach to food rooted in respecting the body and what we put inside it. Using the mantra of ‘food as medicine,’ Pamela Wasabi crafts wholesome and delicious treats that both delight and nourish. 

The NBRHD Restaurant Development Program is now accepting applications for Vancouver—apply today and find yourself in the next batch of recipients! 

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