Irie Zulu has always been about more than food. It is, in fact, a culmination of a three-year journey during which Deacon has worked devotedly to introduce Milwaukeeans to a very intimate – and authentic – part of her native African experience.
A restaurant by the owner of specialty foods company Afro Fusion Cuisine will open in Wauwatosa, serving African and Jamaican dishes. Yollande Deacon is buying the building at 7237 W. North Ave. to open the restaurant, called Irie Zulu, and a production kitchen for her line of spices and sauces. The site previously housed a bridal shop.
In 2004, Yollande Tchouapi (Deacon), walked down the aisle of the Church of the Gesu wearing a wedding gown she purchased at Kay Bridal, 7237 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa. Interestingly, later today Deacon will finalize a deal to purchase the former Kay Bridal property, turning the building into a commercial kitchen and tasting room and beginning a new chapter for her business Afro Fusion Cuisine.