Sandra Pittman sold her first meals out of her home on Edgewood Avenue, but it was her mother’s Alabama roots that gave her food soul. As a child, Sandra learned how to make fried chicken, collard greens, and the other staples of a Southern diet. She never thought about opening a restaurant until her husband, Miguel, suggested a spot on Congress Avenue. In 1989, the couple opened Sandra’s in The Hill, just down the street from the current location.
Sandra’s briefly moved downtown from 2000 to 2007, where she served locals as well as visitors from around the world. After closing the restaurant downtown, Sandra retired from the business briefly. In 2010, Sandra, with the help of her husband and all of her children, reopened Sandra’s The Next Generation on Congress Avenue.
The restaurant keeps moving forward, with dreams of inspiring people and providing a little piece of hope for the neighborhood. Sandra’s next venture? She continues to explore all types of food, including vegan soul food.
Watch this documentary to learn more about Sandra's Next Generation from Sandra herself. Bonus: you'll get to watch her prepare her famous fried chicken.
Film edited by Cyrus Duff. Admire more of Cyrus's work at specialoccasionfilms.com
Take a virtual walking tour of The Hill using Google Maps Street View.
Start at Sandra's Next Generation, which is marked with the red marker.
Click and drag the yellow icon to begin.