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Urban Juncture

Rebuilding a historic Chicago neighborhood into a Black food & culture hot spot

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Michael Nagrant Restaurant Critic, RedEye Chicago
Bronzeville Jerk Shack serves the best jerk chicken in Chicago. If you don’t frequent the neighborhood, it’s worth a ride over on the nearby Green Line.
Pat Dowell Third Ward Alderwoman
This section of the 3rd Ward desperately needs more healthy dining options like Bronzeville Cookin'. I want to commend Bernard Loyd for identifying that insufficiency and investing in the community in which he resides.
Bernita Johnson-Gabriel Quad Communities Development Corp.
The community is in need of retail and good, fresh quality produce... We have a lot of fast-food restaurants but this area needs full-service restaurants.
Craig Huffman Managing Director, Ascendance Partners LLC
[Bernard Loyd]'s a smart guy. If anyone can figure out, it's him.
Chris Raguso Acting Department of Community Development Commissioner
We are excited about this project, as it addresses two key issues in Bronzeville: the need for quality food and jobs. Bronzeville Cooking is a unique concept that fosters these new eateries and celebrates the culinary history of people of African descent, all conveniently located near a CTA Elevated Train stop.
Annie Donovan Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Bernard Loyd is a visionary leader who is using food as a tool for community development.
Department of Community Development City of Chicago
Bernard Loyd is a long-time resident, civic leader, and one of the pioneering developers of the Bronzeville community. He is a former partner of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company where he co-founded the firm's Agriculture and Food Chains initiative... He was also the leader of a McKinsey effort that grew its worldwide corps of black consultants from 20 to 125 within ten years.
Yelp Reviewer
So, I went.. and I ate.... and I ate.. The food is amazing. The Salt Fish fritters are the best I've ever had and the Sorrel was on point. I was never the biggest fan of Jerk Chicken, but I just couldn't stop eating. I took food home and ate it the next day... still amazing. Oh yeah the portions are nice and the price is right!

In the news

Bronzeville Jerk Shack Opens, Latest in 51st Street Revitalization
April 13, 2016
Bronzeville Jerk Shack, the latest addition to Urban Juncture's revitalization of 51 st street, welcomed a crowd to its South Side location a few weeks ago for a Grand Opening Celebration. CCLF staff members including President Calvin L. Holmes joined Urban Juncture volunteers, Lisa Cooper from State Farm and Alderman Pat Dowell of Chicago's 3 rd Ward in welcoming the new restaurant.
Bronzeville Jerk Shack is serving Chicago's very best jerk chicken
March 7, 2016
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First Chicago Black Restaurant Week celebrates community and brings in new business
February 17, 2016
The first annual Chicago Black Restaurant Week concluded Saturday. Seventeen restaurants from the city and suburbs participated in the event launched by social media specialist Lauran Smith. Smith chose the second week in February to correspond with Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month founded by Carter G.
State Launching Initiative Aimed At Helping Minority Entrepreneurs
January 19, 2016
(CBS) - The state is launching a new initiative this spring,at little taxpayer cost, to create more opportunities for minority entrepreneurs starting in three cities, reports WBBM's Mike Krauser. Governor Bruce Rauner says things are pretty bleak for minority entrepreneurs so he is creating something called ADME, or Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship.
Bronzeville Jerk Shack Serves Up Economic Empowerment on MLK Day
January 16, 2016
BRONZEVILLE - The new Bronzeville Jerk Shack restaurant has had success this holiday season with a special of sweet-potato bread pudding, but it's offering a different special for Martin Luther King Day: a big, healthy helping of economic empowerment.
This Side of Kingston
November 2, 2015
I'm not patient at all," says Bernard Loyd, the man who has dedicated the last twelve years of his life to the commercial and culinary redevelopment of a three-block stretch of 51st Street.
Distinctive Bronzeville Building Once Facing Demolition Has Big Plans
December 18, 2013
Though the century-plus Forum in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood has sat practically vacant for decades it appears to be on the verge of a reincarnation. According to a stunning new photo feature on Chicago Patterns, The Forum, located just east of the 43rd Street CTA Green Line stop at 318-328 E.
Seeing potential amid Chicago neighborhood blight
July 5, 2013
On 69th and Emerald, several empty storefronts are squished together. Vacant lots are on the periphery. Englewood resident and activist Orrin Williams calls this "the aesthetics of oppression." "Who has the highest rates of asthma, lead poisoning, violence? You can do that map and it coincides with the vacant houses, the vacant lots," Williams said.
At This Juncture
May 2, 2013
In Bronzeville, an organizer and a developer plot a course for 51st Street
Building in the wary city
December 27, 2009
Entrepreneurs cautious as they pursue deals in deflated Chicago Executive recruiter Mell Monroe has spent close to $300,000 rehabbing his historic home, with an eye toward converting it into a bed-and-breakfast. Built in the 1890s for furniture manufacturer Solomon Karpen, the three-story Romanesque Queen Anne, with its ornate woodwork, intricately carved fireplaces and eclectic mix of artwork, is a warm refuge on a cold winter day.
Bronzeville developer cooks up culinary oasis
November 27, 2009
Community activist says a taste for ethnic cuisine will give 51st Street a boost In developer Bernard Loyd's dreams, a desolate 51st Street in Bronzeville will be transformed by an ethnic food district that acts as a magnet for other businesses and people tired of eating unhealthy food on the run.
McKinsey vet seeks TIF to get project cookin'
November 5, 2009
A former McKinsey & Co. partner who worked with food industry clients hopes to land a $3-million city subsidy for his plan to provide better restaurants and produce in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
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