Chef Bryant “Baul” Williams, personal chef to rappers like Cardi B. and Offset, and formerly Lil Baby, Migos, and 2 Chainz, is bringing his soul food to the public. He opened takeout spot Binky’s in Five Points Plaza in April and plans to bring an all-day breakfast and brunch restaurant called Betty Sue’s to the area (30 Marietta Street) by summer’s end. Named for his grandmother, who “played a major role” in his love of cooking, Betty Sue’s will offer buttermilk pancakes, omelets, chicken and waffles, and the chef’s signature line of grits with a variety of toppings.
“I love cooking. It’s therapeutic,” Williams says. “A lot of my clients love my breakfasts and request certain items. We decided we should just open a restaurant to focus on that.”
His namesake stone-ground, no-additive grits come pre-seasoned with garlic powder, sea salt, and herbs. They’re available on his website as packaged goods. At Betty Sue’s, diners will be able to order them cooked with their choice of oxtail, shrimp, fried lobster tail, whole fried snapper, fried salmon croquettes, lamb chops, glazed salmon filet, chicken sausage scramble, and even plant-based “eggs.”
“A lot of places don’t take pride in breakfast. This will be a great soul breakfast,” says Williams, who previously owned Chef’d Up in Old Fourth Ward.
Betty Sue’s beverage menu is still in development but promises to highlight popular brunch drinks, such as mimosas and sangria. Williams doesn’t drink; however, he plans to look “toward what people like.” Fresh-pressed juices and coffee will be available as well.
“Everything will be house-made and prepared with love,” Williams says. “It’s what we love and think Atlanta needs: Southern, down-home cooking from people who love food.”
He envisions Betty Sue’s being open from early morning until about 6 p.m. It will seat about 30 people, including at booths, a full bar, and on the open-air patio. The decor will be both modern and laid-back for a “comfortable date vibe” with plenty of flowers and plants, Williams says. “Being around plants is a great way to start your day—they give off good energy.”
He’s already looking to bring the Betty Sue’s concept to additional locations in other cities and states.