Since opening their first restaurant just outside of Charlotte, NC, in 2012, three-time James Beard nominated chef Gregory Collier and wife/business partner Subrina Collier have been unstoppable.

In 2016, Greg and Subrina were among the founders of The Soul Food Sessions, a series of innovative dining events designed to acknowledge and support people of color in the culinary arts, restaurant and hospitality industries and beverage services.

Subrina is a 2020 James Beard Foundation Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow, and the pair serve on President Joe Biden’s Small Business and Entrepreneurs Advisory Council.


Their newest concept, Leah & Louise, a modern juke joint, was to open in March 2020, but was delayed by the pandemic. When it opened in June (with limited dine-in seating), the menu featured modern interpretations of Southern classics that honor Mississippi river valley foodways (Memphis, Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans). Esquire Magazine named Leah & Louise one of the best new restaurants of 2020.


"Our mission is the economic empowerment and community development through the hospitality industry."

- The Colliers