Kennesaw couple finds love and success with Forks & Flavors

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As if a pandemic wasn’t disruptive enough in 2020, David Wilmott and Darnell Morgan added to the whirlwind by opening a restaurant and marrying each other – for the second time.

Thanks in part to a popular weekend brunch and delicious macaroni and cheese, Forks & Flavors has thrived since opening on George Busbee Parkway in Kennesaw in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The timing was just right with everything as far as having the capital needed to open a restaurant and having the time needed to do it,” Morgan said.

The restaurant’s cuisine is “American food with worldly infusions,” Morgan said, and their Saturday and Sunday brunch is the busiest time of the week.

“Our creole shrimp and grits is by far the most popular, followed by our Jamaican jerk ribs,” he said.

The couple met on Twitter in 2010. Four years later, in 2014, Wilmott launched Forks & Flavors as a catering business.

“The very first thing that started Forks & Flavors was his macaroni and cheese,” Morgan said. “I tasted his macaroni and cheese and said this is it right here.”

The pair were married, but Morgan pushed for a divorce in 2017. The men stayed in touch, eventually reconciled and remarried in January 2020.

“Love led us back to each other,” Morgan said. “We’ve always been in love with one another. I just might not have been ready at the time.”

The couple acquired the restaurant space in September and opened in November. Wilmott is executive chef and Morgan runs the front of the house.

“It’s been a really great experience just getting open and operating and actually seeing people coming in and out every day,” Morgan said.

Another perk of running a business with your partner? Wilmott said it’s getting to see one another all day long.

“We actually miss each other when we’re not around each other,” he added.

Morgan said Kennesaw isn’t the most welcoming city for a Black gay couple. But after more than a decade, they learned how to navigate the Cobb County city of nearly 34,000 people.

“We’ve lived up here together for 11 years, so this is what we know, this is where we’re at, this is our home,” he said. “We’re not going to have a rainbow crosswalk, but you can wave a rainbow flag here and there.”

Wilmott and Morgan have expansion on their minds. They’re planning Forks & Flavors locations in Chattanooga and Houston later this year.

This story is made possible by Google News Initiative’s Journalism Emergency Relief Fund.

(h/t The Reckoning)


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