Spotlight on Dark Business: Keiko’s Kitchen

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Pop-up Herbal Offers Healthy Kitchens at North Mpls

Mykela Jackson aka “Keiko” is on a mission to help others improve their health. She is the owner of Keiko’s Kitchen, a pop-up herbal restaurant located in North Minneapolis. The place is known for its tasty and healthy cuisine.

Jackson grew up in southern Minneapolis. She attended Ramsey Elementary School, Washburn High School, and graduated from South High School in 2016.

She said: “I graduated from high school, then I went to Chicago to stay with a friend, and they were vegans – after two months I became fully vegan and came home. ” When Jackson returned to Minneapolis, she adhered to a vegan diet.

“After a while, six months, I noticed that I was fed up with eating salads, so I started to get more interested in cooking,” Jackson said. She wanted more vegan options. As a result, Jackson has formulated a range of unique and nutritious dishes.

Jackson said, “When I first went vegan – after studying the alkaline diet and taking the alkaline herbs and seeing the benefits and looking at alkaline cooking recipes – I ended up starting Keiko’s Kitchen.” Now she aims to help others become aware of their overall health and that starts with food.

There is a particular objective behind KK. Jackson said, “My business started when I wanted people to pretty much learn how to cook vegan.” She added, “It made me more push to try to bring affordable and accessible food systems to the community,” because of the food desert in the Twin Cities.

Jackson noted the difference between plant-based and vegan diets. “A plant-based diet is exactly what it says: your diet is made up mostly of plants. You usually switch to plants when you are more concerned about your health, ”Jackson explained. “They are basically the same base, no meat, no dairy [but] vegan tends to be more processed than vegetable, ”she added.

Keiko’s Kitchen was established in 2019. Jackson had a plan for his new business. She recalled, “I remember my mom telling me if I was serious about this I was going to sign up, get a bank account and she would give me $ 1,000 to start.” After Jackson completed the tasks, she began working with a local organization to start her food business.

Jackson decided to get help and business assistance from NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network). “I worked with Ann Fix [of NEON Food]”And the advice was very helpful. Jackson has learned invaluable lessons that have helped her maximize her productivity.

The KK pop-up business was launched in North Minneapolis. “My first pop-up was at Breaking Bread on April 8, 2019, and from there once people started coming in the pop-ups it got bigger,” Jackson said. Collectivism and community support helped launch her wonderful pop-up kitchen.

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An important key to success is having a positive mindset. “You have to have dedication and passion for what you want to do – dream it as big as you want it to be,” Jackson said.

She further explained, “Shape your business model to work for you – once you start to notice that it’s not what you really want and that you have a passion for other things. , just pursue those. ” Jackson pointed out, “Everything you need is right in front of you, make sure you work hard and set aside time. “

Additionally, customers can look forward to many tasty food options at Keiko’s Kitchen. Jackson said, “I create a lot of culturally diverse foods, but the bottom line is the fried oyster mushrooms, it’s a chicken substitute.” She also makes a delicious portobello mushroom steak.

Jackson said, “I made alkaline cornbread, sea foam mac and cheese, blueberry pancakes, strawberry waffles – all made from scratch and with love.” All the products on the menu are of high quality and affordable. The price range is $ 5 to $ 12.

A plethora of mouthwatering desserts are also available at the popular KK. “I make edible cookie dough balls, mango chili ice cream, chocolate dipped brownie dates, cookies, lemon coconut bars,” Jackson said. It also offers catering.

Running a business can be difficult and rewarding. “During my trip there weren’t a lot of doubts, but when those doubts come, you just need to be able to redirect them and know that everything is happening for a reason,” Jackson said. She remains focused on her goal of living by example.

There are some rewarding aspects to running a business. Jackson exclaimed with joy, “The best thing is to be there for the people in the community and to be able to help! She enjoys using her business to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Jackson advises budding entrepreneurs and young people to “do it, whatever you wanna do, do it!” The money will come and the money will go. As soon as you do what you’re supposed to do, everything will line up. She added, “Social media is a powerful tool, so use it wisely. “

Jackson also stressed the importance of supporting black-owned businesses: “It’s all black, we’re natural scammers and we’re trying to get it. If people are here to do the job, give the credit where it’s due. “

For more information, visit Keiko’s Kitchen at or call 612-806-8184.

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