HOUSTON – While this fairly new Houston gem’s food is good to your stomach, the story behind the restaurant’s growth is even better for the soul.
The Greasy Spoon Soulfood Bistro is located on Houston’s north side at 636 Cypress Station Dr. Officially open in early 2020, the establishment is the first solo restaurant venture businessman Max Bozeman has had, and so far, it’s been nothing short of successful, despite the unique challenges he’s had to face.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic and a cancer diagnosis, Bozeman has served his community faithfully by giving them delicious upscale soul food dishes for reasonable prices. Bozeman said the restaurant stemmed from his catering business, but when members of the community started smelling the amazing aroma of the food, he knew he had to do more. In addition to wanting to serve his community, Bozeman also wanted to leave a legacy for his kids.
“Food is a universal language, and it’s something you can connect with people all over, no matter the background, race, no matter the economic status, and so I wanted my kids to be able to see that,” Bozeman said.
But as he watched the restaurant grow, things became uncertain and Bozeman had to adjust to a new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As quickly as the adjustments were made, Bozeman said he was hit with another unexpected blow when he was diagnosed with cancer.
“That was another situation that kind of blindsided me and made me have to adjust my life again,” he said. “I ended up having to reveal it publicly.”
Bozeman said the revelation opened the door for an overwhelming amount of support.