Martha Lou has seen better days. The owner of the pink cinderblock soul food restaurant on Morrison Drive describes her menu as food for the “working people” and has noticed a decline in patronage as her clientele lost their jobs, relocated, and found themselves in tough financial times. The 79-year-old hopes and prays that the economy will turn around for everyone and says it’s been the worst financial year since the soul kitchen opened in 1983.

Martha still serves her specialty lima beans with red rice, a customer favorite, with her whole body and soul. Despite the recent economic discouragement, she remains optimistic that the love she puts in her food will keep her open. So, stop on by and get a plate of love with a side of fried chicken.

You’ll be eating locally, supporting a soul food landmark, and keeping Martha Lou in her soul kitchen.