Angela Bishop has been cooking southern food her whole life and dreamed of owning her own restaurant for a decade.

“My mother taught us how to cook," Bishop said. "I started cooking dinner when I was about 9-years-old for the whole family. I played around with the idea for a long time, and I spent a lot of nights dreaming and wishing.”

Burger King closed after spending years in Lyles Mall on West Broadway in the Parkland neighborhood. When Bishop saw the empty building six months ago, she parked her car and prayed.

“Drive up, sit in the parking lot and just have a little talk with Him and started praying and asking Him, 'Is this where you want me to be?'” Bishop said. “And this is where He chose for me to be.”

She got her answer.

She would bring slow, southern cooking to a part of west Louisville with a lot of fast options and call it Angie's Home Cooking Family Restaurant.

“We have a lot of fast food restaurants,” she said.

“When the Burger King closed, this whole shopping center took a sad breathe, and when I saw you were opening up a business here, you breathed life back into it, and I'm thankful,” Metro Councilman David James told Bishop.

“The queen of home cooking has arrived,” Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith said.

Bishop arrived with the help of a $20,000 microbusiness loan, which was part of the city's Russell Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA). Small businesses in and around the neighborhood can qualify and use it for equipment, furniture, signage and food supplies.

Bishop said she couldn't start her business without the help, and the queen of home cooking's dream is now a reality.

“I'm feeling really blessed right now,” Bishop said. 

For more information about the microbusiness program, click here

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