B ARBARA DEVAN, 32, of Southwest Philadelphia, is chef, owner and CEO of Tasties, a soul-food restaurant on 52nd Street above Girard in West Philadelphia. This month she got city approval to run a food truck in University City. She plans to open a second Tasties restaurant next month on Germantown Avenue near Queen Lane in Germantown.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Tasties?
A: I started Tasties in North Philadelphia in 2007. But after a year, I took a break to really find myself. In 2012, I was bartending in University City and the space above the bar had a kitchen. The owner knew I loved to cook and suggested I rent the kitchen. I signed a one-year lease, but there were ups and downs. Then I found a storefront in West Philly and opened Tasties last August. I started with a small menu, built a customer base and gradually expanded the menu.