Greg Tillery, the New Orleans 7th ward native and Tuskegee graduate, is a shining example of hard work and perseverance. His story is truly remarkable as to all the adversity and hard times he has endured while making his dream a reality. Greg is the owner and operator of the now We Dat's Chicken and Shrimp Restaurant, the only black owned restaurant on the historically famous Canal St. in New Orleans that started out as a food truck. Currently, a second location is set to open its doors in just a couple of weeks during Essence Music Festival 2017 in the graceful neighborhood of Gentilly. If you've ever had the chance to patronize We Dat's, you've for sure encountered Greg's warming nature, infectious smile and that above and beyond customer service!
Before We Dat's Chicken and Shrimp became brick and mortar, they began as a food truck during a time when there weren't many black owned food trucks in NOLA. Chicken wings, shrimp/fish baskets and wraps (and what about those deliciously amazing "Wuzzam Wings", We Dat's signature flavor - a must have if the sounds of lemon pepper and buffalo sauced together makes your mouth water like ours), Greg was determined to feed his people while giving them hope they too could do and be whatever you set your mind to. We Dat's is more than just chicken and shrimp, or a cool spot to hang out and catch some of the celebrities that dip in and out of the restaurant. It is a beacon and sign of hope for the black man struggling to find his place and keep it in a country that doesn't revere him. It's also an establishment for the black community.
If you've ever had the pleasure of sitting down with Greg and asking his story, he'll tell you how corporate America's disloyalty indirectly affected his life, and he took it upon himself to make the biggest leap of faith. Greg used to be a district sales manager, and the company he worked for did a mass lay off of over 2,000 people. Although the layoff did not affect Greg's position as he remained employed, it forever altered his life both mentally and spiritually. The road to success has no where near been easy for Greg. We Dat's has broken him down to nothing and rebuilt him in the same space. He prides himself and his business on customer service, the #1 thing on the menu. Everyone that walks through those doors are family. It is truly a New Orleans gem.
If you are you headed to the city for Essence Music Festival 2017, make sure We Dat's Chicken and Shrimp is on your list of things to do! We had the chance to go and kick it at the restaurant to get a first hand feel of just how much Greg and We Dat's mean to the community. So much love and pride in the atmosphere, check out the footage of our visit below!