Bourne Brilliant, the Plant-Based, Black-Owned Business of Three Young Florida Sisters

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For more than five years, Lyrica, Zaira, and Nadira (who are three sisters), ages 13, 12, and 9, respectively, have been making baked goods, fresh fruit juices, and preserves at one of the most recently launched plant-based restaurants in Tallahassee, Florida.

Named Bourne Brilliant, the restaurant of these three black sisters was born out of the desire of Lyria, the oldest of the three, to cook for her community.

After proposing the business idea to their parents, the trio of sisters joined forces to create a family initiative focused on educating and helping their community eat healthier.

Initially, the business sold and served their food at local festivals, events, and farmers’ markets.

With the help of their parents, as well as their mentor, Tallahassee chef Shacafrica Simmons, the girls have opened their first cafeteria.

Despite hardships during the pandemic, the three sisters expanded their offerings, from baked goods to hot dishes like vegan barbecue sticks, macaroni and cheese, and many more, on a menu that rotates every Saturday.

“We felt positive about the decision to open at this time,” La Shae Leo told the Tallahassee Democrat. “We traveled in South Carolina and Georgia [last] summer and looked at small businesses and retail to see what they were doing and what was working for them. We feel good about our safety practices.”

Bourne Brilliant’s food is not only tasty but also affordable, as customers can purchase several different combos ranging in price from $10 to $15.

The year 2021 will mark its eighth anniversary in business. Although their e-store is on its way, the sisters already have a line of natural cold-pressed, plant-based tonics on store shelves in Florida. 

“We are multi-award-winning culinary creatives whose goals include promoting healthier eating habits to families, and we’d love to see more kids participating more in the kitchen,” the sisters told Travel Noir.  “We have a passion for encouraging youth to find and create their own business enterprise, as well.”