Vermont Declaration of Inclusion

Historic Roots

Ernie Royal was the owner of Royal’s Hearthside Restaurant in Rutland, Vermont, from 1964 to 1993.

He was recognized in Who’s Who in Black America, and served as a board member for the National Restaurant Association and Culinary Institute of America. He was also a member of the U.S. Culinary Olympic Team.

He was Vermont’s first Black restaurant owner, the first Black board member of the National Restaurant Association Board, and a mentor to many.

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