Family Makes History, Opens First-Ever Black-Owned Restaurant on New York Island


Meet Darryl Lelie and his family, owners of Seafood Kingz 2 on City Island in the Bronx, NY, making it the first black-owned restaurant in the area.

Darryl, who has been in the restaurant business for 20 years, established the first Seafood Kingz restaurant in September 2019 on Linden Boulevard in Queens. Even during the pandemic, the company did well enough that it decided to open another location in the South Bronx, which was eventually closed due to complications with the expansion.

Luckily, a new opportunity arose on City Island where they coincidentally discovered that the location they wanted to occupy five years ago was now up for rent. Darryl says he immediately took the opportunity to open the second restaurant in his franchise with his whole family.

“We give them the opportunity to have some of their own food, with the things they like. So you get your seafood with the soul food toppings. You can’t copy it here, you know, you can’t imitate it. That’s the real moving stuff,” Darryl told the Bronx Times.

Lelie’s 21-year-old son Dalvinwho is the chef of the restaurant, is the one who put together the menu which offers a variety of seafood options such as king crab legs, fried lobster tails, fish, shrimp and much more.

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