Founder Of Black-Owned Vodka Brand Is Opening Cafe & Bar In NYC
By Parker Diakite
You may know Vanessa Braxton as the owner of Black Momma Vodka – the unique handcrafted spirit blends infused with natural tea, spices, and sugar cane.
The New York native launched Black Momma Vodka in 2013 and since her launch, has expanded her empire by making teas and flavored agave which has garnered up an estimated 33,000 in online and wholesale customers totally more than $2 million in sales.
That’s why it should come to no surprise that it’s no stopping Braxton, who recently announced that she is planning to open a café and bar in 2020.
Black Momma Tea & Café will be a 4,600 square foot restaurant that will serve more than 16- blends of tea, three flavored agaves, and organic food, including muffins and wraps, as reported in Black Business.
The new café will be located on Colonial Springs Road in Whatley Heights, NY where more than 60% of the 5,100 residents identify as black and Latino.
“I have plenty of places I could go, but I wanted to take the opportunity for people who look like me to see what I’m doing for the community so that they can step up and do the same thing,” she told Newsday. “I’m using a lot of small, minority, women and veteran-owned vendors, who never had the chance with larger places. It’s economic inclusion for everyone.”
Braxton said her goal with Black Momma Tea & Café is to become the Starbucks of the tea industry.
She also plans to have meeting rooms available inside the café and will partner with companies such as Microsoft to offer the community free classes.
As the CEO and president of Black Momma Vodka and Black Momma Branda, Braxton is the first American-American woman distiller and operator of a nationally distributed vodka in the country.
Her inventory includes hundreds of tea blends, vodka, CBD oils, flavored agaves, and more.