With family roots steeped in the tradition of southern of cooking, it’s not hard to see where the metro Washington D.C. area native’s inevitable passion for cooking soul food came from. “My mother and grandmother have country roots and always knew how to make a meal”, says Robert. He recalls that as a teenager, many of his afternoons were spent fishing with his father. . . .
It was during that same time that he and his mother also embarked on the entrepreneurial idea to cook and sell fish and chicken dinners from their backyard. It was there that the seed for southern cooking as a business was planted within him. But the idea would not be entertained again until years later during his brief career with a local utility company. As a dedicated employee, Robert’s supervisor could see the potential for greater in him and began talking with Robert about a more satisfying and lucrative line of work: restaurant ownership.
And with that gentle nudge, Robert went on to open his first successful restaurant, Hubbard’s Southern Diner in Clinton, MD. A beacon for comfort food seekers throughout the metro D.C. area, Hubbard’s Southern Diner satisfied customers of all ages with traditional southern cuisine for more than 13 years. In mid-2011, the opportunity for yet another awesome eatery became available.
As a testament to the talented chef’s skills in the kitchen, Hubbard’s received the distinguished customer voted Hoodie Award for Best Fried Chicken in 2007.
One short year later, De Soul Café was launched to a satisfied crowd of even more soul food aficionados- this time in the southern Maryland suburb of Brandywine. Customers old and new have already fallen in love with the signature traditional items like Fried Catfish and Macaroni & Cheese and the new fan favorite- Bayou Crab Dip. Once a best kept secret, De Soul Café is quickly becoming one of the region’s best known locales for fine southern food.
When he’s not busy coming up with the next great dish to serve up in his restaurant, Robert enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. Robert and his family reside in the metro Washington, D.C. area.