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Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement Opens for Business in Emeryville

Rosemary fried chicken and gumbo are served

Rosemary fried chicken
Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement

Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement has turned brick-and-mortar, starting today in Emeryville’s Public Market. Chef Fernay McPherson moved her pop-up —known for its rosemary fried chicken — into the stall formerly home to Nyum Bai.

Starting today, McPherson will serve her popular fried chicken by the piece ($2.50) or as part of a plate, with cornbread and sides like braised greens and red beans and rice. Gumbo and black eyed pea salad, favorites from the catering and pop-up days, will also be available.

McPherson, who grew up in San Francisco’s historically black Fillmore District, says her food is inspired by two women: Her great aunt Minnie and grandmother Lillie Bell. The chef hopes to eventually bring her business back to the Fillmore as a permanent restaurant, following in the footsteps of Nite Yun of Nyum Bai, also a graduate of La Cocina, who was able to open a standalone restaurant in Fruitvale after a year in the Public Market.

Minnie Bell’s will be open from 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. to start.