Soul food restaurant finds a spot in Lincoln Park

Doc Witherspoon's Soul Food Kitchen is offering a three-day happy hour sneak peek.

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Brothers Stephan Witherspoon and Solomon Witherspoon plan to open a soul food restaurant in 2021. (File / News Tribune)

Doc Witherspoon's Soul Food Kitchen, which until now has dabbled in pop-ups, has found a permanent spot in the building that was previously Mitch's Bar & Grill, the crew announced on Facebook.

"We want to celebrate with you," its keepers posted, announcing a three-day live music and happy hour with a limited menu and outdoor seating available. "Come taste-test a few of our menu items and listen to good live music."

Doc's Happy Hour will be open 4-8 p.m. Nov. 5-7 at 2113 W. Superior St.

Among the offerings: six piece golden nuggets with fries, six piece Doc's bone-in wings and fries, or two piece Witherspoon's catfish with fries.

The restaurant by Stephan and Solomon Witherspoon, which takes its name from their late-father's West Duluth shop, won't open until 2021.


For this three-day preview, the Witherspoons suggest pre-ordering through their website ( ) or cash, but they will have a card reader available.

The Witherspoon brothers first announced plans for a restaurant about a month and a half ago. They offered an introductory, to-go menu of fried chicken, dressing, cornbread and sweet potato pie, which sold out quickly. They had similar success with a more recent pop-up.

Their father, the Rev. Sylvester Witherspoon, was a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church and New Hope Baptist Church. He also ran his own restaurant in the 1970s. Doc, as some people called him, was known for his festive kitchen.

"His thing was, all are welcome at the Lord's table," Stephan Witherspoon told the News Tribune in September.

Christa Lawler is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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