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Superior Motors Named a Food & Wine Top 10 Restaurant

Kevin Sousa's long-anticipated Braddock restaurant is getting nationwide recognition.




photo by Laura Petrilla

 

Food and Wine Magazine has included Superior Motors in Braddock among its top 10 restaurants of 2018. The recognition is a testament to owner Kevin Sousa's persistence to open a restaurant and provide job opportunities in a town that has seen better times. After a three year saga beset by cost overruns and an unwillingness from banks to offer Sousa loans, the restaurant finally opened last July. 

“Taste a simple halibut seared off in the gut of the hearth or a juicy slice of pork loin cut with trout roe’s salty pop, and you’ll see Superior Motors as a very good restaurant,” Food and Wine editors write.

“For so long I wasn’t able to celebrate successes; I just had to apologize for failures,” Sousa tells the magazine. “Now I am surrounded by amazing people who want to be in Braddock, who are even moving here to be a part of this. It feels really, really good.” 

Sousa has gone to great lengths to assert that Superior Motors isn’t a fancy restaurant dropped into a low-income neighborhood because the price was right. He bills it as a “community restaurant and farm ecosystem” and often has stressed how important the inclusion of the Braddock community is to the success of the restaurant.
 

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