Food justice activists cook up new mission for Philly's Golden Dragon – Axios

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A trio of Philadelphia food justice activists recently revived Golden Dragon, a West Philly takeout restaurant that closed at the start of the pandemic.
Why it matters: The new owners are prioritizing affordability. Despite increasing food prices and inflation, no items on the restaurant's menu cost over $10.
The big picture: More than 16% of Philadelphians are food insecure, lacking consistent and reliable access to enough healthy meals. But that figure is estimated to be as high as 21% because of the pandemic.
Driving the news: Jordan, Heidi Ratanavanich and Rachelle Faroul opened the new Golden Dragon last month with a revamped menu.
How it started: Ratanavanich and Jordan — who were behind the Lucky Bundle sandwich pop-up during the summer of 2020 — had started looking for a storefront to start a food business that fall.
Of note: They get most of their food from other local businesses and distributors like Merzbachers Bakery, True Love Seeds and the West Philly Bunny Hop.
One dish, called Al's Fried Rice, originates from Ratanavanich's family restaurant, Al's Drive-In outside of Chicago. It's made up of rice, scallions, onions, egg and a choice of meat or vegetables.
How it's going: Jordan said they experienced their first big rush of orders for Super Bowl weekend. They sold party packs of banh mi beef sliders, fried rice, papaya salad and jalapeño poppers.
What they're saying: Faroul told Axios that the multi-cultural aspect is her favorite part.
What's next: The trio is gearing up to launch a food pantry inside the restaurant for the community.
Visit: 5260 Rodman St., Philadelphia. Open Thursday-Saturday from 8am-2pm for breakfast and 4-8pm at dinner. It's also open Sunday from 9am-2pm.
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