Jean Parker and her family — former owners of Yvonne’s Southern Cooking — will open The House of Soul in Mount Vernon Saturday, Nov. 21.
The restaurant will serve good, old-fashioned Southern dishes such as fried chicken, oxtails, smothered turkey wings and spare ribs. Chef Roy Dailey, who has been with the family for 15 years, will be in the kitchen.
The space, a former Chinese restaurant, has been completely redone. It’s painted rose and gold with chandeliers. There are white tablecloths topped with glass. (Those ribs get messy.)
Parker is the daughter of Yvonne Parker and was a former owner of Yvonne’s Southern Cooking in Pelham. The recipes, which her dad, Lawrence W. Parker, created more than 20 years ago, are the same.
“We’re just keeping his dream alive,” says Parker. The family comes from Alabama and Mississippi. Lawrence was a cook in the Bronx before opening his own business, Empire Foods in Pelham, in 1986. He died in 1994.
The House of Soul will do a buffet dinner on Thursdays, have live entertainment on Saturdays, and there’s a Gospel brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
The 411 coming soon. Til then:
The House of Soul
65 E. Prospect Ave.
Mount Vernon. 914-663-7685.