“Soul food and Caribbean cuisine have long been intertwined, owing to the African diaspora. At A Taste of Haiti, you could get both — at least until recently. The Haitian restaurant that also served soul food and barbecue is now closed.
Mathurin Innocent opened his Haitian restaurant five years ago at 2622 Welton Street in Five Points, but the address already had a long history of serving soul food in the neighborhood. Ethel’s House of Soul, opened by Ethel Allen in 1971, reigned for nearly forty years before Coleman’s Taste of Detroit Soul Food took over in 2008. That eatery ran for about six years before Henry Coleman moved back to his home town of Detroit.
Times are changing in Five Points, where Caribbean cooking and soul food were once common. Randall’s at the New Climax closed last year, though owner Randall Borne is looking to reopen at 3349 York Street. Over the years, Zona’s Tamales (which also specialized in pig-ear sandwiches), Healthful Juices (a Jamaican lunch joint), Cat Island Caribbean Cafe and Sadie’s have all come and gone, and now only the Welton Street Cafe, where you can fill up on Jamaican plates or fried chicken with brown gravy, survives.”
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Antonation, Mark. Westword 12 April 2019.