Social media has been impactful to businesses nowadays and recently, TikTok was able to give success after a video featured a restaurant in Grand Prairie according to a CW33 article from May 2. They say,
“A TikTok video from popular Dallas social media influencer Jessica Serna (MyCurlyAdventures) is shining a huge spotlight on Grand Prairie restaurant.
In her TikTok, she goes to Angie Winners Kitchen in Grand Prairie and tries out the restaurant’s West African Cuisine, and urges her followers to try it out.
Despite being posted almost a year ago, thanks to the power of the TikTok algorithm, the post has appeared back in the mainstream and has amassed more than 1 million views on the social media platform.”
The owner and chef Angella Adibu could only express her delight and amazement as customers came flocking in support and curiosity for the trendy recipe called Fuku according to a Dallas Morning News article from April 28 which reports,
“Adibu has been overwhelmed by the support and business she’s received at her restaurant and says she’s seen a lot of new faces this month, some customers even coming from other cities like Austin and Houston.
“Because of that video, people are coming in and saying, ‘I want to try fufu, I want to try red sauce,’” she says.
Fufu is the most popular dish customers have asked for in the past month, she says, it’s also what Serna and Mpiana are seen eating in the viral video.
Fufu is made with starchy ingredients, like cassava, yams, or plantains, mashed together to form a dough-like texture, often served with West African soups and stews.
Adibu is constantly featuring new items on her menu and is always thinking of the next thing, even if it’s not specifically West African food.
“I think all Africans, our food, is the same. But the way that we cook it and the flavor has a slight difference,” she says. “For example, Nigerian jollof rice and Ghanaian jollof rice is the same process, but the rice is different. Ghanaians, we use Jasmine rice, and Nigerians use parboiled rice.”
Adibu’s restaurant is located at 2905 E. Arkansas Lane in Grand Prairie and they are open everyday except Sundays from 11AM to 9PM but on Fridays and Saturdays they extend until 10PM.