THUGGIN’ TO GRUBBIN’

 

 

Former Homeless "Thug" Now Owns 2 Successful Restaurants

 

Darnell Ferguson, founder and owner of Super Chef's Restaurant, knew early on what he enjoyed and wanted to do. It was while attending vocational school that he realized how much he enjoyed cooking. His inspiration was watching celebrity chef, Emeril, on TV, and that's when he decided he wanted to own his own restaurant. But getting there was a lot more difficult than he ever imagined!

 

Turning the wrong direction

Ferguson was struggling to make a living as a chef and started selling drugs on the street to make money. It resulted in his arrest 8 times and losing everything, even his home. It was after his last incarceration that he took a good look at himself and realized he had become the person he never wanted to be. After his release, he managed to get work at local restaurants, but his temper got him fired, and he was unemployed for a year.

From the bottom up

It was when Ferguson began attending church that he realized that he needed to make changes in his life. With his temper now under control, he talked to a friend about leasing space in his restaurant. He wanted to create what he calls a "pop-up" where he could serve breakfast. After a few months, other restaurant owners were approaching him to do the same thing at their restaurants. He was finally back on track!

In 2015, Ferguson partnered with his friend, Ryan Bryson, to open their very own restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, call SuperChef’s Breakfast & More, but sadly that location was burned down. Since then, however, he has opened two more restaurants in the Columbus, Ohio area. Once a "street thug" without a home, Ferguson is now a successful entrepreneur.

 

 

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