Just in time for the “Taste of Soul Week,” the Fourth Annual New Mexico Black History Festival will pay homage to Mr. Powdrell’s BBQ House.
The organization will honor the venerable Albuquerque restaurants at the Hotel Cascada.
The First Annual Asante Award is part of an effort to recognize black-owned businesses in Albuquerque, said Cathryn McGill, founder/director of the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee. Asante is Swahili for “thank you.”
“When we look at the African-American community and the businesses out there, because of our numbers, we don’t have a lot of large African-American businesses,” she said.
Many of those businesses center around the catering and hospitality industries, she added.
Catherine and Pete Powdrell founded Mr. Powdrell’s in 1962. The restaurants are located at 5209 Fourth NW and at 11301 E. Central.
“You can only imagine what it’s been like for them to keep a business going for all those years,” McGill said. “They showed a determination to succeed and perseverance and prayer. The family is still in the business.”