Couldn’t find it, so he made it

North Carolina native Jay Foster came to San Francisco 20 years ago, he could taste the lack of diversity.

“I wanted fried chicken and I couldn’t find it so I decided to make it,” he told a session on job creation at the University of San ¬†Francisco Friday.

Taking barnyard concept into the entire ambiance, Foster and partner Deanna Sison created a tribute to farm fresh food with farmer brown eight years ago. They have now opened their third venue, a bar on Ritch St. Just one block from AT&T Park.

During March, Black Food Month, Foster said hiring diversity has always been important to him. “You don’t see enough of us in restaurants.”

When visiting other restaurants, he takes note of the staffing as an indication of how welcomed they will feel.

At farmer brown, the first downtown in-hotel eatery owned by blacks, Foster’s distinctive tastes have welcomed the world with numerous awards from the likes of Food and Wine.


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