PG County’s First Food Hall Already Has a New Name and New Owners


When you enter a food hall and are overwhelmed with choices, follow your nose to the best smelling stall. At miXt, just over the D.C. border in Brentwood, your sniffer might send you to Spice Kitchen from Nigerian American Chef Olumide Shokunbi. Almost all the dishes offered, including some sizzling wings, are dusted with a nut-based spice blend from West Africa that typically coats beef skewers called suya.

Shokunbi was raised in Prince George’s County, where miXt is located. Before opening inside the food hall in October 2021, Spice Kitchen did a booming delivery business out of Mess Hall in D.C. Now Shokunbi can interface with customers and talk up his vision of making Spice Kitchen a national West African food brand. 

But first, baby steps. “We’re focused on spices and flavors so we can have that authentic feel, but with things that are more familiar,” Shokunbi says. “When people look at our menu, they’re like, ‘I know about salmon, I know about shrimp, I know about all that.’ I compare what we do to Chinese American food. They created stuff like General Tso’s Chicken and slowly and surely, people started trying more native food. I have that same vision for Spice Kitchen. I want more African places to open because of this.” 

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