Vivian's Soul Food

Vivian’s Soul Food opened in June 2017 by husband and wife duo, Jerome and Briana Smallwood. Originally operating out of a quaint diner, the business has accomplished extreme growth and success based on the foundational goals to change generational cycles in their family by being first-gen business owners; and to challenge stereotypes of Black Business in their community. Vivian’s mission statement is “To Bring People of All Walks of Life and Backgrounds Together Through Soul Food.”

During their rollercoaster of Glows and Grows, Vivian’s Soul Food has expanded twice – once with a move from their original location on 16th avenue to a larger location on Williams Blvd., and second with the opening of their spin-off restaurant, Vivian’s Express Grill. 

The anchor location, Vivian’s Soul Food, is located at 2925 Williams Parkway SW, and you can visit Vivian’s Express Grill in the Cedar Rapids Fountains at 5300 Fountains Dr. SW #104.

Interview with Vivian's Soul Food