Red Velvet Bistro opening on Friday; Venture is the latest for entrepreneur Murray | local news

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Teneshia Murray is unstoppable.

The young entrepreneur is opening her second restaurant at O’Neal Plaza in Douglasville on Friday.

The Red Velvet Bistro is scheduled for a pre-opening on Friday, with the grand opening taking place the following weekend.

“I’m thrilled,” said Murray, who also owns the Gritz Brunch Bar across the plaza.

Murray is renting the building, which for years housed the old Irish Bred Pub and most recently housed Broad Street Station, which closed last October after being open for just three months.

Murray said the new restaurant venture is “something Douglasville needed,” and she’s confident it can be successful.

She has experienced success with Gritz, which is open five days a week.

“We’re definitely busy at Gritz,” Murray said. “I don’t want the two restaurants to compete. This is food rethought, that’s what I call it. The Red Velvet is more for date nights and events at the highest level.”

She said the location “fell into her lap” after Broad Street Station closed.

She wants to attract a diverse crowd, and like Gritz, she expects customers to come from all over the Atlanta area.

“When I talk to customers at Gritz, I see some coming from up to 40 minutes away,” Murray said. “I’m really happy with how things are going.”

Since 2003, Murray’s business portfolio has grown from a hair salon to include a hair salon, two restaurants and a trucking company.

A Marietta native, Murray has lived in Douglas County since 1996 and decided that that was where she wanted to start her business.

“I believe in marketing,” she said. “I like excellence and I want the same from the people who work for me. Douglasville is a big city in a small town. I’m a serial entrepreneur.”

While some companies have experienced setbacks due to COVID-19, Murray said she “didn’t miss a beat” with her companies.

She acknowledges there has been some adversity, such as when the state briefly shut down early in the pandemic. But she said she has recovered.

“Everything I do is based on faith and belief in God,” Murray said. “I didn’t have a staff shortage. It’s all about trust and belief.”

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