Black, White, and the Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant

Black, White, and the Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant

A story about the trials and triumphs of a Black chef from Queens, New York, and a White media entrepreneur from Staten Island who built a relationship and a restaurant in the Deep South, hoping to bridge biases and get people talking about race, gender, class, and culture.


In this dual memoir, Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano take turns telling how they went from tentative business partners to dear friends while turning a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into The Grey, now one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. Recounting the trying process of building their restaurant business, they examine their most painful and joyous times, revealing how they came to understand their differences, recognize their biases, and continuously challenge themselves and each other to be better.

Through it all, Bailey and Morisano display the uncommon vulnerability, humor, and humanity that anchor their relationship, showing how two citizens commit to playing their own small part in advancing equality against a backdrop of racism.

Title:Black, White, and the Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984856203
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    Black, White, and the Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant Reviews

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Business partners Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano look back on their journey to create The Grey, a successful southern restaurant in the heart of Savannah, Georgia with this dual memoir. Johno wal...

  • Sharila

    Black, White, and The Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant is a new book written by Chef Mashama Bailey and Johno Morisano of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. The pair sh...

  • Mom2nine

    This book reads as though one is sitting with the two authors and listening to their stories and memories. It flows easily and is interesting on many levels. Morisano dares to question the race divide...

  • Karen Parisot

    Timely and inspiring story of two people, one a white man, the other a black woman and the business they built together and the enduring friendship they developed in the the process. It is the story o...

  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)

    4.25Johno Morisano bought the old Greyhound bus station in Savannah, Georgia and, with no experience in the hospitality industry, decided he needed to make it into a restaurant. When it was time to fi...

  • Karim

    Powerful. When we talk about equity and race in this nation there’s no clearer example of the mistrust, bias and the work that needs to be done than the examples laid out in this book. That a Black ...

  • Kristine

    Black, White, and the Grey by Mashama Bailey & John O. Morisano is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January.Each restaurateur finding worth in themselves and what they cook, and each contrib...

  • Alisa

    3.5 but rounding up...

  • Amy Rene

    I live in Savannah and love The Grey. I pre-ordered this book sometime ago, thinking it would be a nice little memoir about the experiences of the founders opening the restaurant. It is anything but! ...

  • Abby

    Written by the owners of The Grey restaurant in Savannah, GA, this book dives into race, gender, class and culture. A Black chef from Queens and a White media entrepreneur from Staten Island write thi...