As Philadelphia emerges as a top destination for foodies far and wide, it becomes harder for restauranteurs to set themselves apart from the pack. But this is a welcoming challenge for Sammed Okyne, owner and operator of Kings and Queens Liberian Cuisine, a take-out spot specializing in Pan-African cuisine. The City of Brotherly Love boasts a vast array of restaurants offering international cuisine. With an increasing immigrant population, there truly is something for everyone. But one would be hard pressed to find such authenticity as that found at this hidden gem.
A native Liberian, Sammed arrived in the US in 1997, a time when the landscape for international cuisine in Philadelphia was limited. After mastering his Management skills at Penn State University Sammed returned to Philadelphia in 2013 ready to compete with the many well-established African eateries in the city.
While other restaurants relied on word-of-mouth to bring in business, Sammed took the millennial approach – social media. His plan worked perfectly! Through strategy and placement, Kings and Queens profitability grew exponentially over the years helping this business savvy owner expand his vision further. In 2018, Sammed turned his focus to his newest venture, Kings and Queens Liberian Cuisine. This dine-in spot serves as an ode to his native country through traditional dishes and a diner’s experience curated by Sammed himself. Adding further value to this newest venture, Kings and Queens Liberian Cuisine offers national and international delivery for those customers less conveniently located to this flagship.
With a Best of Philly award from Philadelphia Magazine and more than a few celebrity endorsements backing him up, Sammed has set himself apart with his social media ingenuity, unwavering dedication to his craft, and an amazing menu full of aromatic dishes you won’t find in traditional African inspired eateries.