From Fried Chicken to Veggie Burgers

A health crisis persuades a restaurant owner to transform his neighborhood barbecue joint into a haven for diners seeking healthy meals

From 1991 to 2005, Ridley's Home Cookin' was a big hit on the west side of Detroit, with its fried chicken, barbecued ribs, pork chops, and meatloaf. The neighborhood restaurant drew suburbanites, and revenues topped $150,000 a year. But owner William Parker's health didn't do so well. It had been on a gradual downward slide nearly the entire time he ran the restaurant, which he attributes to consuming its fried and fat-laden specialties.

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