Collective Drift: Celebrating International Women, Culture, and Travel
(ep 11) Love, travel and balance with Nicole Gates, owner of Lil Greenhouse Grill
Jul 7, 2020 · 37 min
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(ep 11) Love, travel and balance with Nicole Gates, owner of Lil Greenhouse Grill

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I had such a fun conversation with Nicole Gates, co-owner of Lil Greenhouse Grill restaurant in the heart of Historic Overtown, Miami, FL. Just this January Oprah Winfrey recently visited Nicole’s restaurant and listed it as one of her favorite restaurants for Weight Watchers, so she must be doing  something right.  

Nicole is a proud Black woman, she has an amazing soul food restaurant, she is a daughter, a mom, a media executive, and has lived internationally as an army brat. In this conversation Nicole allowed me to get all up in her business. So we talked about everything including her love life, owning a restaurant, and travel.

Nicole talks about the process her and her son's father Karim Bryant went through to become owners of and keep Lil Greenhouse Grill. Yes, I said her father’s son, no they aren’t in a relationship anymore and yes, I did make sure to talk to her about that. So, you’ll hear how she’s managing that in the dating world. 

Although marriage wasn’t in the cards for Nicole and Karim she has learned about love from her mother and step-father. Her mother taught her “if it doesn’t feel right then let it go”. But also through watching her parents' marriage she learned that true commitment, and the importance of making good decisions and sacrifices together are key to relationships.

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This episode is sponsored by the Southeast Park West Overtown CRA. Lil Greenhouse Grill is a grantee of the CRA more info is available in their 2018 Annual Report:

Stay in touch with Nicole and Lil Greenhouse Grill

Lil Greenhouse Grill

1300 NW 3rd Ave Miami, FL 33136

(786) 277-3582


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Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA

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