We learned about Brookwood Cafe and Catering after General Manager Brandon Wilcome tagged us in a video on TikTok about how he installed Camshelving just in time for the restaurant to receive an A on their health inspection. Located in Maiden, North Carolina, about 40 miles from Charlotte, Brookwood Cafe and Catering serves classic southern dishes like fried chicken and country style steak. These items are so popular that they use approximately 2000 lbs. of chicken a week! Brookwood’s customers are so loyal, they sometimes see them multiple times a day.
What inspired you to get into foodservice?
“It started with just a part time job; I found I had a passion for food and I got addicted to the stress that comes along with it. It brings me so much pleasure to see the joy my food brings to people.”
What do you love about your business?
“The freedom to create and express myself through my cooking and the fast pace of cranking out plate after plate or the ability to put together large scale caterings.”
What’s the most interesting thing to happen to your business?
“The restaurant is family owned; it burnt down 14 years ago. The fire started up in the rafters without any known causes to what actually happened. It took over a year to rebuild with small business loans. Our food suppliers Orrells and US foods came together and did a fundraiser for employees that were became as a result. It provided some much needed funds to help until they were able to find new jobs. In 2025, we will celebrate our 50th year.”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
“Covid-19, employment shortages, product shortages, products being replaced, and having to use as many as 6 suppliers a week to insure we have the product to sell.”