A Liberian immigrant who acquired her first restaurant at age 29, restaurateur and real estate developer Adenah Bayou now owns 3 IHOP franchises, 4 soul food restaurants and manages a multimillion-dollar property development portfolio. During the Coronavirus pandemic, she is
offering free IHop meals to children, parents, and disadvantaged adults in the cities of Newark, Paterson, and Irvington, New Jersey.
Apparently steeped in traditional African values that place people before money, Bayou recalls, “I grew up in communities where I learned that nothing is more important than taking care of each other.” It is from that value system that she extends generosity and human regard. Adding, “No child should go without a meal because schools are closed. No adult should be hungry while navigating the risks of a global pandemic.” To learn more about Bayou’s extraordinary achievements and compassionate practices that honor the people and communities who support her businesses, click below.