A New Restaurant and a Soul Food Connection Between Students and the Community

September 2, 2021

A new restaurant focusing on breakfast and lunch is opening on Northeastern’s Boston campus.

The Underground, which is slated to open on Labor Day, is the brainchild of Nia Grace, restaurateur and owner of Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, a popular local diner where patrons have enjoyed soul food and live jazz for decades. 

Darryl’s, which sits between Boston’s Roxbury and South End neighborhoods, and is located just several blocks away from The Underground on Columbus Avenue, has been a fixture in the Black community for more than half a century. The opening of The Underground, which Grace says will be a soul food-inspired breakfast and lunch spin-off of Darryl’s, will come just two days before the start of the fall semester. News@Northeastern sat down with Grace to learn more about the new venture, the menu, and to hear about how preparations have been going.

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