Marcus Davis, owner of the Breakfast Klub, 3711 Travis
Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
The Breakfast Klub, one of Houston’s top restaurants, is celebrating its 20th anniversary starting this Saturday, and it’s inviting the community to the festivities.
The Midtown soul food spot will host “A Day of Inspiration,” a free event featuring spoken word performances, music, art and appearances from motivational speakers in hopes of uplifting attendees amid a challenging pandemic and giving back to the many people who have supported the business over the past two decades.
“It is a huge milestone, and it feels rewarding,” said The Breakfast Club owner Marcus Davis. “It feels empowering to have been empowered by this community for two decades and to have the opportunity to empower the same community. It’s something unique. It’s something special.”
Keynote speakers will include Denise Hamilton, founder and CEO of WatchHerWork, technology strategist Crystal Washington, Houston comedian and radio show host Marcus D. Wiley, Se7en the Poet, actress Kyndall Sands, financial adviser Teeba Rose and more.
But Davis said this weekend’s celebration isn’t the big bang. The Breakfast Klub will host a series of celebrations throughout the year, putting a spotlight on entrepreneurs the restaurant has worked with. The festivities will culminate with a large event to celebrate two decades of success and contributing to the community, Davis said — particularly for Black professionals and those who own businesses in the food industry.
Davis said he prides his restaurant on going beyond boiling grits and baking biscuits.
If you go
Celebrate The Breakfast Klub’s 20th anniversary at its “Day of Inspiration” event, which will feature art, music, spoken word performances and appearances from motivational speakers. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 3711 Travis.
“It’s given me a glimpse into what we have had the capacity to do by continuing to show up for a successful business,” he said.
The restaurant has weathered its figurative and literal storms, including the wrath of hurricanes Harvey and Ike, Tropical Storm Allison, and most recently, the pandemic, Davis said, but the restaurateur strives to stay aware of the possibilities. He often studied Houston Chronicle’s business section, educating himself on the successes and obstacles owners like him were facing, he said. He was honored to see The Breakfast Klub highlighted on the front page of a Sunday paper — a sign that reaffirmed his belief in his business and put his mother at ease, particularly after he quit his job to dedicate himself full-time to breakfast.
“You have to know pitfalls that other people have had. All of it isn’t their fault. Things happen sometimes, but you can be a little more aware of what could happen and be prepared to respond,” said Davis, and he wants to keep that positive momentum going for his community.
“There’s no secret that there’s been a divide in wealth in this nation, particularly with African Americans being the bottom of the totem pole,” Davis said. “The more we open and build businesses, maintain and sustain them, the more we’ll be able to close that gap and pass on generational wealth.
“We want to figure out what the next 20 years will be,” he added.
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