Martha Lou Gadsden, a self-taught chef whose “roll-your-eyes-it’s-so-good” soul food made her a Charleston culinary legend, has died. She was 91.
Gadsden died Thursday morning, her oldest daughter Joyce Taylor confirmed to a local news station. No cause of death was given.
In 1983, Gadsden opened Martha Lou’s Kitchen inside a modest Pepto-pink building at 1068 Morrison Drive, just north of downtown Charleston. Her unassuming restaurant would become an institution in Charleston’s food scene.
Gadsden was 53 when she opened her restaurant. She had no formal culinary training, but she knew what she was doing.
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