OAKLAND — Dorothy King, owner of the famed Everett and Jones Barbeque restaurant, died Wednesday, according to media reports.
One of eight daughters and a son born to the late Dorothy Turner Everett, King learned and helped build a business that fed thousands of Bay Area residents from multiple locations, including Berkeley, Hayward, Alameda and Oakland, as well as former locations in Pleasanton and San Francisco.
Under her family’s stewardship, the long-running restaurant known not only for excellent fare and charitable efforts such as fund-raisers, but as a popular gathering place for sporting events, celebrations of local talent like former “American Idol” contestant LaToya London and political achievements, such as President Obama’s 2008 run from nomination and campaign to his election and inauguration.
Officials weighed in Thursday on social media in the wake of King’s passing.
“Grieving + honoring Oakland legend and beloved entrepreneur Dorothy King, founder of @everettjonesbbq,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf posted. “Dorothy’s powerhouse style + fierce passion for social justice will continue to inspire generations. We will miss her dearly and feel gratitude for all that she gave Oakland.”
“Rest in Power Dorothy King,” political organizer, activist and businesswoman Aimee Allison said. “You made Everett and Jones the center of #Oakland’s Black political power. You supported me and a generation with your food and vocal championship. Thank you for everything.”
“I am heartbroken by the news of Dorothy King’s passing,” entrepreneur and recent Oakland City Council candidate Dereck Johnson said.”Dorothy was a mentor, a friend and a towering figure in Oakland who inspired many Black restaurateur & entrepreneurs like myself. She was a generous spirit who made an indelible impact in our community. Rest In peace, Queen.”