We had the good fortune of connecting with Demetrius Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Demetrius, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I decided to start Heritage Supper Club we were still in the beginning phases of Covid, I have always wanted to own my own restaurant and at the time I just asked myself “what if you just started one now?”. My Great Grandmother and my Mother have always been very influential to me and to the way I cook so it was kind of a no brainer to honor them with the concept of Heritage, but then as I started to cook those recipes and dishes that I grew up loving and infusing the classical French technique that I learn in culinary school I began to wonder why the food of Black and Brown people wasn’t lauded like the cuisines of Europeans, and that’s where Heritage found its identity and purpose I knew that Heritage Supper Club was going to push the boundaries of that food from the African Diaspora can be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It’s been a long and arduous journey to get to this point in my life, I remember growing up less fortunate and always telling myself that one day people around the world will know who I am; I never wanted to be famous though just recognized. For a along time I was unsure what I would do with my life until my grandfather saw that I loved cooking and pushed me to go to Johnson & Wales University, but even that had its challenges I had to work my entire ways through college to afford tuition and living expenses but that ultimately gave me the work ethic and drive to propel me to where I am now I taught me what nothing comes easy and if you have to scratch and claw your way to the top it makes the view so much sweeter. Ultimately I want the world the know that Heritage is a dedication to all the black and brown children that have to grow up under similar circumstances as myself that they are worthy of success.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would eat ate Georgia Boy, I think chef Joey is one of the best chefs in the south east hands down.
I would drink at little bear just because there drinks are so well round and I get to watch there chefs cook.
I would hang out and Visit the belt line just because there’s so much to do in that area
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Heritage property wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the support of my mother. Since I was a child I’ve always had self confidence issues, the belief that I was never good enough; my mom has always seen something in me and has always supported me at every turn even when I wasn’t entirely sure what the heck I was doing. My wife has also been a huge support, before all our dinners she tastes all the components of every dish to be sure that the vision of Heritage is not only met but exceeded.