3 Black Women-Owned Restaurants You Should Know About in Spartanburg

Ranada Price opened her dessert truck, Sweets on the Run, in 2019. Price, then a pharmacy technician, was looking for a job that would allow her to spend more time with her son and daughter.

When Price opened her business, she was part of a growing national trend. The number of women entrepreneurs had been on the rise since 2014, and in 2019, according to American Express’ State of Women-Owned Businesses report, black women were the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs.

Price’s business reflected this trend. She started out selling puddings and her business grew from there.

Sweets on the Run is a dessert food truck in Spartanburg owned by Ranada Price.  On March 2, 2022,

“It went from customers asking for puddings to cupcakes, and it just expanded to all different types of candy,” Price said.

Black women continued to be the fastest growing demographic among entrepreneurs in 2021. According to a May analysis by Harvard Business Review, 17% of black women in the United States were in the process of opening a business this year.

And in recent years in Spartanburg, black women have been part of the city’s growing food scene and beyond, opening bakeries, food trucks and restaurants.

Ranada Price, Candy on the Run

Ranada Price is a self-taught baker who grew up watching her mother cook and bake, which later inspired her to start Sweets on the Run.

“My mom passed away in 2019, so that really made me step on it and get stronger,” Price said. His truck features a photo mural dedicated to his mother, Tina Gary.

Sweets on the Run is a dessert food truck in Spartanburg owned by Ranada Price.  On March 2, 2022,

Price has developed a rotating 25-course menu from his food truck on Fridays and Sundays at 297 E. Henry Street in the afternoons starting at 3 p.m.

Some of the most popular items include her Strawberry Crunch Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Candy Apples, Cake Pops, Cookies, Cheesecakes and Cheesecake Filled Strawberries, all handmade by Price.

Sweets on the Run is a dessert food truck in Spartanburg owned by Ranada Price.  It's his business on March 4, 2022 at 297 West Henry Street in Spartanburg.  Ka'Mori Woodruff, 8, works with her mother while waiting for guests.

Sweets on the Run is Price’s first venture. She participated in the city’s AMPLIFY program in 2019. She learned a lot about the basics of running a business through the program.

“It gave me exposure to (and helped me to) uncover information that I was not able to uncover on my own and understand Spartanburg,” Price said.

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Recently, Price had his food truck revamped and rolled out his new look last week. Bright pink packaging was placed on the outside, digital menu boards were added, and a small kitchen was set up inside so she could bake all her baking on the spot.

Sweets on the Run is a dessert food truck in Spartanburg owned by Ranada Price.  It's his business on March 4, 2022 at 297 West Henry Street in Spartanburg.  Here are some of her products for sale, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Strawberry Filled Cheesecake, Red Velvet Strawberry Cheesecake Slices, and Strawberry Crisp Apple Slices.

“I used to bake a lot at home, but now my truck is set up so I can bake some, chill, refrigerate, whatever I need to do,” Price said.

Outside of its regular sale days, new and returning customers will be able to try out its candy during this year’s Spring Fling on April 23-24.

Tiffany Goforth, Oh 7 Bar and Restaurant

Tiffany Goforth moved into her first Oh 7 Bar and Restaurant at 1059 Fernwood Glendale Road just as the pandemic hit.

Tiffany Goforth is the owner of Oh 7 Bar & Restaurant in Spartanburg.  Here she reacts by saying that she owned a business in Spartanburg.

“It was fun, it was adventurous, and yet it was a bit tedious and tiring considering it was right in the middle of COVID. I acquired the lease just before COVID,” Goforth said. “We hadn’t brought any customers in yet, or even put our name out there to let them know we were here.”

It opened its doors in January 2021.

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While Oh 7 B&R is Goforth’s first restaurant, his family has been in the restaurant business for decades. His parents owned Mimi’s Deli during the Main Street Mall phase of downtown.

“Restaurants, food, it’s something we’ve always done, from the restaurant window to the catering to Goforth’s Catering,” Goforth said.

Tiffany Goforth is the owner of Oh 7 Bar & Restaurant in Spartanburg.  Here she makes a drink called Pink Starburst made with vanilla vodka, watermelon pucker, Sprite, and sweet and sour.

At his own restaurant, Goforth focuses on soul food, selling fried whiting, hand-made mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and other homemade accompaniments. Some of its most popular items are chitlins, wings, chow chow, and pork chops. She and her six employees prepare everything fresh from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to midnight on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now that Oh 7 is gaining traction and pandemic restrictions are loosening, Goforth is rapidly expanding what the restaurant has to offer.

The restaurant now offers a Saturday brunch with breakfast sandwiches, fish and grits, chicken and bottomless waffles and mimosas served from their full bar. She also plans to start having bands and karaoke nights in a few months.

Charlene Davis, Charlene’s Home Cooking

When Charlene Davis opened Charlene’s Home Cooking, her third restaurant, with husband Mike Davis in 2013, she had her work cut out.

“We had to come in and do it all over again,” Davis said. But after a tough time, Charlene’s is now a bustling Sunday dinner spot in Moore.

Charlene and Mike Davis own the soul food restaurant Charlene's Home Cooking in Moore, Monday February 28, 2022. Charlene and her granddaughter St. Dominick, left, bake a homemade white chocolate cake at the restaurant.

Davis’ restaurant at 1136 E. Blackstock Road, decorated with Dallas Cowboys memorabilia and photos of her grandchildren, is where she chooses to share her love of traditional Southern cooking, a love that her grandmother -mother Bessie Alexander also shared.

“I love to cook. I’ve been cooking since I was eight years old, my grandmother taught me,” Davis said.

Many of the recipes Charlene’s Home Cooking diners love are the same ones Davis learned from her grandmother’s side from her cabbage, yams and collard greens.

Its rotating menu, served 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays, also includes macaroni and cheese, baked chicken, peach cobbler, beef stew , cornbread and ribs. All the food is prepared by the owners, although two of their granddaughters will come to help on the busiest days.

Charlene and Mike Davis own the soul food restaurant Charlene's Home Cooking, which serves dishes based on recipes from her grandmother Ma Bessie.  Charlene prepares a peach pie at Moore's restaurant, Monday, February 28, 2022.

“We make real food. We don’t make cans; we do fresh vegetables,” Davis said.

Davis also bakes cakes from scratch, available by the slice or whole. One of her most popular is her crack cake – a cinnamon pound cake made with Charlene’s secret recipe.

Davis said customers would often order a slice with their meal, then buy an entire cake before leaving.

“The longer the crack cake sits, the better it tastes. You can keep a crack cake for two weeks and it tastes better two weeks later than it did when you started,” Davis said.

Samantha Swann covers food and restaurants in Spartanburg County. She is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina upstate and Greenville Technical College. Reach out to her with your burning restaurant questions, recipes and new evening specials at sswann@shj.com or on Instagram at @sameatsspartanburg.

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