Mr. D’s Southern Kitchen and Catering

Published 9:35 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Name: Douglas Sumblin

Name of business: Mr. D’s Southern Kitchen and Catering

Address: 931-A Armory Drive, Franklin

Phone number: 569-7544

Operating hours: Noon-8 p.m. Sunday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

E-mail address:

Nature of business: Restaurant and catering

Owner: Douglas Sumblin

Year founded: 2012

Number of employees: Three

How’s business: Steady. Even though you see the parking lot is full, come in, we may have open seats. We’re now accepting credit cards.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: Although the restaurant is primarily soul food, we can cater any kind of food for any occasion, large or small.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: Excellent customer service and a unique atmosphere that caters to all people, and serving authentic soul food and homemade desserts. There are $5 breakfast and lunch specials on Monday. We deliver to businesses with five or more orders.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Find out what you are passionate about and pursue that.

Your first job: Shoe shining

Your role model (in business or life generally): My mother, Earva Sumblin, founder and owner of Group Opportunity Travel and pastor of Touch Christian Church.

The key to a successful business is: Put God first in all you do and understand the value of the team approach. When you do something, do it right the first time.