West African and Caribbean restaurant opening in Youree cafe

Local business owner and 2019 Louisiana Food Prize: Battle of the Golden Fork finalist, Niematulai DiGrazia, has announced the opening of Shreveport-Bossier’s only west African and Caribbean restaurant, Niema’s Cookery Corner. The new restaurant is located at 5751 Youree Drive, inside Sunshine Health Market.

This new venture is an expansion of her current brand, RNL’s Cookery Corner, a local food truck favorite, known for its traditional Sierra Leonean dining experiences. In fact, the name of the restaurant pays homage to DiGrazia’s favorite style of Sierra Leonean cuisine: street food from the Cookery Corner.

The menu will feature traditional dishes with DiGrazia’s special touch, including Krio Wings, Freetown Red Snapper, Lumley Shrimp, Kankankan-Steak bites, and Guinea Avocado Tapalapa Toast.

“Owning a restaurant has been a dream since I moved to the United States from Sierra Leone,” shared DiGrazia. “That dream has now become a reality and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share west African and Caribbean cuisine with the Shreveport-Bossier community.”

DiGrazia will move her food truck to the Sunshine Health Market parking lot starting Wednesday, April 19th in anticipation of the opening. The new restaurant will also be providing unique lunch and dinner specials for 318 Restaurant Week, May 7th through the 13th. 

You can learn more about Niema’s Cookery Corner by visiting them on Facebook.

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