Atlanta Entrepreneurs Make History With Essence Magazine Cover

A power couple from Atlanta make history with a very special magazine cover.

Pinky Cole of Slutty Vegan and Derrick Hayes of Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks are the first restaurateurs to grace the cover of Essence.

The couple will be featured in a special edition that spotlights black couples in business.

Cole founded Slutty Vegan in 2018, and the restaurant quickly became known for its long lines of customers and celebrity clientele patiently waiting for vegan dishes. Since then, the business has grown and even includes a bar concept in Ponce City Market.

Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks was started in 2016 by West Philadelphia native Derrick Hayes, who started serving his sandwiches at a gas station in Dunwoody before moving to his own place on Forsyth Street in downtown Philadelphia. Atlanta.

The couple also connected their businesses to support the metro Atlanta community. They have made it their goal to enroll thousands of black men in free life insurance.

“It’s not very often you see communities pulling together, especially in our own communities,” Cole told FOX 5 in 2020. “We’re going to be the change we want to see and we’re going to be the example and show people that we can come together.”

Cole and Hayes also made headlines when they surprised Tomika Miller, the widow of Rayshard Brooks, with life insurance policies for her and her children, scholarships for her children to attend Clark University in Atlanta and a new car.