After the BET Honors at Warner Theatre on Jan. 24, West and crew (including his wife, reality TV overlord Kim Kardashian West) didn’t join his fellow honorees for a glitzy dinner at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. Instead West, a 37-year-old rapper known as much for his over-the-top quotables as his undeniable talent, chose a quiet, after-hours, family-style meal of black beans, mac ‘n’ cheese, fried chick’n and kale salad some two miles away.
“He called our food a ‘work of art,’ ” said Mickiyah Woodland, who owns the restaurant with her husband of 13 years, Vernon Woodland. “He was very appreciative and very humble,” Vernon Woodland added.
Really? Kanye West? Humble?
“That’s the thing,” said Vernon Woodland, who’d previously met West when their restaurant catered for the rapper at both the “Watch the Throne” and “Yeezus” D.C. tour stops.
Asked whether West displayed any of his trademark bravado offstage, Woodland answered, “Not at all.” Perhaps the vegan lifestyle, currently trending among the celeb set, including West’s mentor and bestie Jay-Z, really does calm one down.
“I think a lot of them do it for the health reasons,” Vernon Woodland said. “And just to feel better,” added his wife, who was raised vegan in Barbados.
So far, the Woodlands have hosted hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn, NBA vet John Salley, singer Ginuwine and Darrin Henson (remember “Darrin’s Dance Grooves“?), all of whom learned about the Georgia Ave. restaurant through word of mouth, according to the Woodlands. Besides Kimye, there is one other celebrity couple they’d like to see walk through their doors.
“Michelle and Barack,” the couple said in unison. With the first lady’s focus on healthy eating, adding Mrs. Woodland, “We’re just kind of shocked that she hasn’t made her way here yet.”
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