BY Dollita Okine, 5:00pm March 21, 2024,

How these sisters scaled up their food truck to a restaurant in under 15 months 

Photo Credit: Instagram, Two Sisters And a Deviled Crab”

Jo Neishia Johnson and Kiara Simons’ “Two Sisters And a Deviled Crab” restaurant is gaining traction in the Jacksonville cuisine scene. In just 15 months, the sisters, who began with a food truck, have gone from starting small to opening a successful restaurant.

The sisters, who moved to Jacksonville from Tampa, brought with them the special flavor of deviled crab, a favorite dish from their hometown. Jo Neishia and Kiara set out on a culinary adventure that quickly won the hearts and palates of the locals, intending to introduce their new neighborhood to this delectable dish.

Two Sisters and a Deviled Crab, which is currently located in Orange Park Mall, recently marked its second year of operation. Kiara told Black Business, “These first two years have by far exceeded our wildest dreams for our company. However, because of our rapid growth, we are now confidently planning to expand to our second location by 2025 and want to have a total of five locations within our first 5 years. I want to sincerely thank all of our current and future customers for their support.”

Blavity noted that customers can choose from an array of seafood and non-seafood options that range from $10 to $19, in addition to sides and desserts like fried plantains, fried green tomatoes, regular or truffle fries, and various puddings.

“I am humbly grateful for all of the people who continuously support Two Sisters and A Deviled Crab. Because of you, we are celebrating two successful years of being too bougie, in business! In this second year, we are placing a major focus on growth,” Jo Neishia said.

A recent report by the National Restaurant Association states that the U.S. restaurant industry has a higher proportion of minority and women-owned businesses than the overall private sector. Forty-one percent of restaurant firms are owned by minorities – compared to 30% of businesses in the overall
private sector, it says. It adds that 19% of restaurant firms are Asian-owned, 14% are Hispanic-owned, and 9% are Black or African American-owned.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: March 21, 2024


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