David Ragoonath

Soul Central
2903 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205
980-349-4015

David Ragoonath was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. He came to the U.S. for winning a bowling tournament but found his passion for food and cooking after managing a restaurant in New York. In Charlotte, he apprenticed at a bbq joint, Hog Heaven, and a soul food favorite, Lola’s restaurant before opening Soul Central. Soul Central is fully committed to honoring and continuing the legacy of African American and Southern food traditions but it also includes flavors from Mr. Ragoonath’s homeland. At his five-table restaurant in Plaza Midwood, his customers enjoy fried chicken, fried catfish, and his famous meatloaf along with other staples like greens, black-eye-peas, and macaroni and cheese.

Interviewer:

Joseph Ewoodzie

Photographer:

Peter Taylor


I learned to cook coming from [Trinidad]. Growing up in the islands, we'd go to the beach. Here they say a cookout, there we say a lime. We going for a lime. When you hear a lime that means we're going to cook, eat, drink. That's where my cooking experience comes from.

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