Queen City Kale strives to be a community hub.

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2023

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Serving as more than just a restaurant offering wholesome dishes, the local Selma cafe, Queen City Kale, located at 1010 Water Avenue, has set its sights on becoming a community hub with a mission to give back. 

On Thursday Nov. 16 the restaurant hosted its inaugural community event, a business mixer sponsored by T-Mobile for Business, signaling the beginning of a series of planned initiatives. Business partner Brittany Houser shared that Queen City Kale aspires to be more than just a dining spot.

“We have a goal at Queen City Kale-not only to provide healthier food options but to be a resource center for people in the community,” Houser said.

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Recognizing the potential of supporting entrepreneurs, start-ups and working professionals, she emphasized their commitment to offering valuable resources through hosting community events on relevant topics. The next event will focus on financial literacy, addressing a crucial need in the community.

Since its establishment in 2018, the restaurant has experienced its share of challenges and triumphs, and Houser said that ownership wants to share their experience with others who may face similar challenges. 

Houser recalled the difficulty they experienced in introducing a menu distinct from other local establishments.

“Our menu is a little different than what other businesses in Selma offer, so it was a struggle getting people to try a healthier version of things,” Houser said. 

Despite initial resistance, the restaurant has persevered, offering freshly made juices, smoothies and an array of vegan options.  However, Houser is quick to assure potential patrons that the restaurant caters to diverse tastes. 

A standout recommendation among frequent patrons are the fish tacos which feature seared fish, mixed greens, tomatoes and Chef Corey Robinson’s signature homemade coleslaw. The restaurant prides itself on crafting a menu that embraces healthier alternatives while ensuring there’s something for everyone. 

Regina Turner, the juice specialist at Queen City Kale, adds a personal touch to the dining experience. She revels in engaging with customers, assisting them in creating the perfect juice or smoothie.

“I listen to what they want, and I give them my opinions,” said Turner. “It’s great. This place just feels like home.”

Houser believes that the recent business mixer showcased Queen City Kale’s commitment to community engagement. The event not only provided networking opportunities but also hinted at the broader vision the restaurant has for its role in Selma. 

Currently, Queen City Kale is open Wed-Sun from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. and offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.