Long before McDonalds or KFC, Harold’s Chicken Shack was spreading across the Midwest. CEO Kristen Pierce Herron is setting new standards for the dozens of franchisees as the second generation of ownership.

Say Grace and Wipe Yo’ Hands: BlackRestaurant.NET Guide to America’s Black Restaurants notes that Chicago is the third ranked Freedom Food market with $2.6 billion in food spending among 1.7 million African-Americans, $909 million out of home.