Albany chef refuses to let life's obstacles stop her dream

August 29, 2019 06:24 PM

ALBANY - Emrys Young is living her dream. She has a new restaurant, a second one opening soon and she just launched a new seasoning line. However, the real story is what it took for her to get where she is. When some said give up, she refused.

People have loved her food since she was a teen and started posting photos of her creations and selling them. A specialty is mac and cheese.


At 22, her then-boyfriend encouraged her to turn up the heat and go for her dreams. The idea marinated and she opened a little place in Coxsackie called The Mac & Cheese Factory.

People came all the way from Albany, Schenectady, and Troy to try the food.

However, her dream would cost her. Now married and pregnant, she became ill.

The restaurant didn't do as well as before, then her car was repossessed. After that, she became homeless.

The restaurant closed.

Naysayers said to just get any job. She would not. Ten months after the baby, she opened another restaurant on Lark Street, outgrew it, and opened up another place on Central Avenue in Albany called Kitchen 216 - which has soul food.

The people just keep coming.

Hear more about how Emrys Young turned her life around by watching the video of Elaine Houston's story.

MORE INFORMATION: Kitchen 216 Facebook page


Elaine Houston

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