Soul Food with a Cajun Twist

January 13, 2011  |  

(City Pulse) — It was Aunt Beulla, from Yazoo City, Miss., who helped inspire Carter McWright to open Granny Bee´s in Lansing in the location where Ida´s Southside Carryout formerly dished up down-home soul food with a dose of Dixie. To be fair, McWright´s father, a successful Flint-based business owner and music promoter, played an inspirational role as well. “I´ve always liked to cook,” McWright says. “And since he taught me how to run a business, I always thought I´d open a restaurant one day.” That day arrived last year on May 7, two weeks after Ida´s closed, when Carter and his sister, LaTasha, dived in.

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