Motor City Match winner Travez Daniels of Soul 2 Go celebrated the opening of his restaurant this week surrounded by city officials, family, friends, and a crowd of hungry customers.
Soul 2 Go is a soul food stop and shop restaurant located at 9900 Whittier Ave. They have everything from fried chicken and ribs to collard greens and mac and cheese. They'll also have dessert on deck: pound cake, sweet potato pie, and pound cake.
Daniels is a smart man; he knew mom's cooking was just too good to keep within the family.
"Not only do you have your mother working with you, you also have your number one supporter," Daniels said. "Without her there would be no Soul 2 Go."
He approached his mother, Tiffani, about selling her food to the masses. They started selling dinners only on Fridays but quickly moved up to catering, outgrowing their home business. That's when Travez began the process of buying a building for their family restaurant.
Owning the building gave the Daniels an overwhelming sense of pride. In three years, Travez went through multiple rounds of demolition and contractors.
"It was a lot of trials and tribulations," he said. "This was new to me so I was making mistakes along the way."
Soul 2 Go is Daniels' dream come true. He hopes to expand the building worldwide, opening locations everywhere so they can get a taste of mom's home cooking.
"Motor City Match helped my dream come true," Daniels said. "Without them it wouldn't be possible."