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Daughter continues the legacy of Tom's Place Barbecue in Boynton Beach

Posted at 7:24 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 19:25:16-05

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Belinda Wright recalls when her father started his restaurant business.

"It was 1977 on Federal Highway and he was one of the only blacks that opened a business on Federal Highway in Boca Raton.

She remembers people would stand in long lines to taste Tom Wright's barbecue ribs.

"He had celebrities from Don King down to Tisha Campbell, John Madden, the Temptations, Dolly Parton."

From Boca, he moved to other locations and had a dining spot in West Palm Beach. Tom's wife died in 2004. He had a stroke and died in 2006. The business eventually closed.

"It just got to me because my dad died in 2006 and I didn't get a chance to go to his funeral," she said.

Belinda was in prison on drug charges. It gave her time to think about her life. Now years later, she's opened a restaurant at the Boynton Beach Mall bearing her father's name.

"I think with me doing this restaurant gives me a lot of closure because he would be proud of me."

She wants her parents to be proud of her, though they're no longer here.

"Give a recapture of my life especially for the recovering addicts it can work for them as well as it does for me."

She's also spending time helping recovering addicts get back on their feet again. One of them is Nicole Newby.

"I've never seen success. I've never seen recovery and she's a prime example of a powerful, strong, independent woman who has survived so much and is here to give back."

"It's just being able to do the things that I should have been doing while they were living," said Belinda.

Tom's Place is located at 801 N Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach at the Boynton Beach Mall.

The phone number is 561-843-7487.