Soul food restaurant survives

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Phyllis Cuffee admits times have been tough over the past year-and-a-half. Like most of the hospitality industry nationwide, her restaurant has taken hit after hit with COVID 19-forced closure, reduced hours and staffing issues.

But Cuffee, who battled and beat breast cancer 12 years ago, knows about survival.

“I was praying to God. I thought I just can’t do it but I won’t give up,” said Cuffee of her determination to keep Ms. Phyllis’ Kitchen open after a difficult 2020. “I don’t know how, but we got through it.”

Cuffee, 72, grew up in Northumberland County and worked locally for years as a cook at a senior living facility and convenience store. She’d always dreamed of having her own restaurant and….

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