La Bodega is one of Bishop Arts’ newest businesses.
“I always knew I wanted her to be small,” said owner Skye McDaniel. “I always knew I wanted it to be in Oak Cliff because I grew up here.”
The bright and colorful space is the realization of McDaniel’s ten-year dream to open her own business. The simple menu includes organic rotisserie chicken, salads and sandwiches.
“I want the menu to be delicious,” McDaniel said. “It’s food for everyone and it’s healthy and good.”
For McDaniel, it took something bad to make the leap to good.
“2020 was just a really scary year for all of us,” McDaniel said. “How are you supposed to come out the other side of this? Like, you’re not supposed to be the same person.”
McDaniel was working at a Deep Ellum coffee shop when the pandemic hit and she was out of a job. She had a successful small day trade that reframed her thinking about risk and reward.
“So for me, this space is what pushed me to do this because I had time to evaluate how important it was, whether I should take a risk or not,” McDaniel said she began to think about during her time on unemployment. pandemic. “Like a return. If I wanted to come back, what would it look like? And of course, it would look like working for myself.”
McDaniel learned some lessons from the pandemic. Her business is grab-and-go to limit the pandemic risk of closing down if there were another shutdown.
La Bodega’s opening hours are also unconventional; closed Friday and Saturday.
“They’re shocked, yeah,” McDaniel said. “Because this is my neighborhood and my community. I didn’t make it for the weekend.”
McDaniel hopes her brand of healthy comfort food will make those neighbors/customers feel what went into it.
“I want them to notice how much love and care has been put into it,” McDaniel said.
La Bodega is located at 208 West 8th Street in Dallas.