Besides being known for their amazing food (and let’s be clear: Billie’s Black serves food that is not just good; it is delicious), Billie’s also has gained respect from the city’s independent music scene. If an artist wants to do a show in Harlem, Billie’s is either first on their list or close to the top.

And so, suddenly, Adriane finds herself owning the exact business she expected. Part restaurant, part lounge, part family reunion, Billie’s Black has grown from a dream into a reality.