We had the good fortune of connecting with Jurni Rayne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jurni, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?

Honestly, I got tired of not being promoted and training my boss. Lol. I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for over 20 years and have an undergraduate degree in hospitality: restaurant management. For some reason, I was always good enough to give extra work and to train new hires (even those who were going to be managing me), but not good enough for promotions and pay raises. So, I decided to open my own restaurant and give others who look like me opportunities that I was not afforded.

What should our readers know about your business?

Wooo child, have a seat, cause this one is a doozy! Lol. I have wanted to open my own restaurant since college. So when I finally decided to open this one, it was actually a Southern and creole concept called “Evette’s Bayou.” This was formed in November 2019. On March 12, 2020, I had a restaurant location reach out to me to send me a lease agreement. I told them to give me a week to look it over and on March 16, 2020…well, you know…the world shut down. I honestly dodged a bullet by not signing the lease. But, I didn’t give up…I pivoted. So I asked myself, which two items can stand alone as it’s own concept from my menu?” Shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles were the most popular dishes, so I went with Gritz N Wafflez. And here we are. It has been a challenge with COVID protocols changing all the time. Because of the mandate, I decided to rent out a ghost (commercial) kitchen and do take out and delivery only. I opened Feb 2, 2022 and two months after opening, the mandates changed and people were ready to dine in again so I’m currently looking for a dine in location.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being from Dallas, TX, I often have people visit. I always hit up the touristy places first: Hollywood Blvd, Griffith Park, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Runyon Canyon, Nipsey and Kobe Bryant murals, etc. After we get that out the way, we hit up alameda night market downtown LA and eat a TON of amazing local food.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

Oh man, there are SO many people to thank. First, my prayer warrior mother, Eugenia Butler. She has always believed in me and my dreams no matter how extreme they seem and she KEEPS me lifted in prayer. My girlfriend has been hanging in there with me. Starting a new business definitely takes you away from everything, so I really appreciate her supporting me and being so understanding. Shout out to Falynn of Experience for spreading the word about me and Gritz N Wafflez to this publication.

Website: Www.GritzNWafflez.com

Instagram: @gritznwafflez

Twitter: @gritznwafflez

Facebook: Www.Facebook.com/GritzNWafflez

Yelp: https://yelp.to/FCrTSwZsirb

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