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Derrick Johnson
Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Home of Chicken and Waffles

Oakland, CA USA

"Stay focused and don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams."

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Day In The Life


I run a chicken and waffles restaurant.


Day In The Life Of A Restaurant Owner

My Day to Day

My day to day includes all tasks and responsibilities of running a restaurant, from inventory to scheduling to operations. My main objective is to market the business and make sure customers come through the door and leave happy.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Business Administration and Management

    Fisk University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I was born and raised in Oakland, California.

  • 2.

    When I went to college, my first goal was to become a dentist, but I realized it wasn’t the right fit for me as I gained more experience.

  • 3.

    I decided to look into business instead—I got an internship at IBM during my junior and senior years, which helped to solidify my interest in business.

  • 4.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fisk University, an HBCU in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • 5.

    While the corporate experience at IBM was valuable, I realized that I would rather work for myself than a corporation.

  • 6.

    My father is one of the original founders of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and my cousins had a franchise in Oakland—I became an investor when they wanted to reopen the restaurant.

  • 7.

    I ended up completing the remodel and rehabilitation, and then took over as lead—I’ve been running the restaurant now for over 20 years.