DETROIT – One of many greatest attracts of the Burgess Road Meals Competition in Detroit this week was a relic of the previous.
“Everybody who’s come up is like, ‘Oh, I used to be born and raised at Dot and Etta’s, the place have you ever been?’ It’s very sobering,” mentioned Donald Crawford of Dot & Etta’s Shrimp Hut.
For almost 60 years, Dot and Etta’s in Detroit has served up scrumptious, battered and seasoned fried shrimp.
“It is a secret household recipe that was developed within the ’40s,” Donald mentioned.
Dot and Etta’s Shrimp Huts closed their final location in 2010. Now the household hosts pop-ups at festivals throughout the town.
“It is the sights, the sounds, the smells, the style,” mentioned Dwayne Crawford. “That is Detroit. We really feel fortunate and really blessed to be part of this.”
The brothers at Dot & Etta’s Shrimp Hut are contemplating increasing to incorporate a meals truck and even open a brand new bodily location.
“My aunt gave us this meals. My grandfather used to ask us to this meal. You realize, my brother and I had been so busy within the basement on a regular basis that we did not actually know what a constructive affect it had,” Dwayne mentioned.
As one of many first profitable Black-owned companies in Detroit, the household legacy now consists of the fourth technology.
“We had been fortunate sufficient to turn out to be a part of the material of the town within the ’60s and ’70s and it is due to the onerous work that got here earlier than us,” Dwayne mentioned.
“To honor the legacy of the individuals who got here earlier than us and we love that our mom sees that we proceed to work onerous and do nicely as she says,” Donald mentioned.
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