Adunni and Benjamin Fodeke opened Feydups Kitchen in November 2019 after shifting from Nigeria to Houston to be nearer to lots of their grownup kids. (Pictures by Claire Shoop/Group Influence Newspaper)
Adunni mentioned she has been within the restaurant enterprise for greater than 30 years. The truth is, the husband-and-wife duo met when Benjamin walked into the restaurant Adunni owned along with her sister in Nigeria.
Now, drawing on her household’s recipes, Adunni prepares the entire conventional Nigerian meals served at Feydups Kitchen, which opened in Sugar Land in November 2019—simply earlier than the coronavirus pandemic started to shut eating places throughout the state. The hurdles don’t part Adunni.
“I consider we’re going to achieve success right here, too,” Adunni mentioned, including the restaurant they owned in Nigeria had nice success.
The restaurant’s title is a mixture of two names, that of Adunni’s sister, Dupe, and her nephew, Feyi. Adunni and Benjamin mentioned Dupe is the inspiration for Feydups Kitchen.
“[Dupe is the] unquantifiable inspiration. You can’t quantify it as a result of with out God and with out her …,” Benjamin mentioned, trailing off. “She was instrumental.”
Adunni mentioned they checked out a number of locations within the Better Houston space to open the restaurant however settled on the Eldridge Street purchasing heart as a result of they discovered it to be peaceable.
“This place was peaceable, serene, orderly,” Benjamin mentioned. “We mentioned, ‘This have to be the place.’”
Nonetheless, Adunni mentioned the Realtor serving to them didn’t consider a Nigerian restaurant might thrive within the space. Plus, the restaurant occupying the house earlier than them was solely open for about six months, Benjamin mentioned.
“I mentioned, ‘I’ll strive.’ I’m trusting that if others didn’t make it; I’m going to make it right here,” Adunni mentioned. “We don’t have any regrets in any respect.”
Regardless of the Realtor’s warning, Adunni mentioned the restaurant has been embraced by the group, together with people who find themselves not aware of African delicacies. Benjamin mentioned lots of their patrons are drawn to Feydups Kitchen by their need to strive Nigerian meals for the primary time.
“We love challenges. We’re going to maintain the bull by the horn, and because of God almighty, 2019, 2020, 2021, we’re nonetheless on,” Benjamin mentioned.
Nonetheless, the financial results of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on the restaurant, however enterprise is starting to select up once more, they mentioned.
The couple mentioned their religion in God has helped them maintain the restaurant’s doorways open.
“We don’t have any regrets. We now have peace. You’ll be able to’t purchase peace,” Adunni mentioned.