May 6, 2021

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Local Eats: Josie’s Southern Comfort Food offers homemade favorites Parchment

PARCHMENT, MI — Have you been wondering where you can get some delicious Southern cooking in the Kalamazoo area?

Look no further than Parchment, where Josie’s Southern Comfort Food will have you leaving their restaurant with a happy belly and smile on your face.

Whether its the Southern rib tips, some delicious baked mac n’ cheese or, for those with a sweet tooth, some of their caramel cake made from scratch, the homestyle recipes at the new restaurant will not disappoint.

Restaurant owner Denise Hensley has been cooking all her life.

Hensley learned how to cook from her mother, Josephine Moore, in whose honor her restaurant is named. After Hensley’s mother passed away, she decided to open the restaurant to continue her legacy.

“I thought I would keep her legacy going because she was a homebody and loved good home cooking that we had to sit around the table and eat,” Hensley said.

Josie’s Southern Comfort Food dishes up breakfast, lunch and dinner for the community. Some Southern comfort food favorites among the offerings include fried chicken, oxtails, pork chops, beef brisket, dressing, collard greens and sweet potatoes.

The restaurant held its grand opening April 10, and said the community has already responded. Some in the community may recognize and remember the taste of Josie’s Southern Comfort Food from previous years, when the family cooked at festivals including the Black Arts Festival. Hensley and her family have also worked out of a food truck in the community.

Along with the restaurant, Hensley and her family also operate a connected banquet hall that you can rent out. Hensley’s daughter Daneshia Moore owns and operates a one-stop hair salon/beauty supply store called Lulubarbz Boutique, which is also right next door to the restaurant.

“When I opened this business I had people in mind; the community in mind,” Hensley said. “I’m very excited to be able to launch this business a black-owned business during the pandemic time because I want to continually let people know during the pandemic time you can still have good wholesome food.”

The restaurant is located at 724 Shoppers Lane in Parchment, just off Riverview Drive near Parchment City Hall.

Starting Tuesday, April 20, the restaurant’s operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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