Mama Bond’s Soul Food Kitchen debuts in downtown Muncie

MUNCIE, Ind. — Back in March, during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrea Venable-Bond was trying to think of new ways to start a business.

The 41-year-old mother of four was already a small business owner of Charisma Cleaning, but she wanted something more. At first, she began venturing into the world of daycares, taking classes and earning certificates.

After a conversation with her father, she realized that might be too difficult during a pandemic. Venable-Bond continued exploring more ideas in April, and while she had the means to start a second business, she wanted to avoid taking out a loan.

“I wanted to create jobs. I’m a giving person, so I don’t like to see people struggle,” Venable-Bond said. “I know how it feels to struggle, because I was a single parent before I was married, so I understand the struggle.”

Owner Andrea Venable-Bond opened Mama Bond's Soul Food on Charles Street in downtown Muncie Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

How the soul food restaurant got its name

In mid-April, the idea of a soul food restaurant popped into her head, and from there, she created a list of what she would need to put her plan into motion.

First, she needed a chef, so she began investigating who might be a good cook in Muncie, whether it be just at home or a side-business. Her beautician recommended Sonya Hawkins.


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