Inspired by music: A Blazing Grace opens, offering southern comfort food in Milford

A Blazing Grace was music to his ears when Von Combs of Lincoln came up with the name of his newest business — a restaurant in Milford serving up more than just southern comfort food.

After being hurt on the job at Playtex, Mr. Combs ventured outside of his comfort zone and has been an entrepreneur now for about 20 years. He has since owned businesses in Milford for about eight years, including A-Source Transportation which he still owns. He also owned a payday loans store and Source Financial Services, both of which have since been sold, and Source Computers and Music.

“I know it’s the craziest thing ever. I always wanted a restaurant. But I told my wife it had to be the perfect timing. I’m a musician. My brother was a musician, he was killed last August,” Mr. Combs said. “I wanted something different. I’m a Christian, so I didn’t want the typical Source soul food restaurant. A Blazing Grace is a spinoff of Amazing Grace. The B in the name is written as a flat symbol.”

Continuing, he added, “Southern comfort food interprets to a lot of people as soul food. But, southern comfort kind of leaves the door open for everyone to come in.”

On the menu, Mr. Combs and his team plans to include potato salad, macaroni and cheese, corn bread, fish and chicken — everything made fresh at the restaurant daily.

“Most of the recipes were mine and my wife’s, and some came from other family. My sister Latoya Richardson, we’ve been cooking for months perfecting everything,” he said.

A Blazing Grace has even taken mouth watering samples to nearby businesses to hear their thoughts and tweak menu items further.

In mid-May, the group opened their new business with a successful soft opening and a fully booked Mother’s Day event.

“The first day, we were sold out by 2 p.m. The next day, we sold out again and got two large catering orders,” Mr. Combs said. “It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable. If that is an indication of what’s to come, it’s going to be amazing.”

He hopes to serve up more than food by giving others an opportunity to succeed like he was once given. He has hired several people from Easter Seals and plans to highlight local talent, including children, during special events at the restaurant.

“We’ve had a couple of people work with us from Easter Seals to give them an opportunity to see if they can work for themselves, somebody’s got to give them a chance,” he said. “Somebody gave me a chance. Some of them have developmental issues or learning disabilities. I may not have them, but somebody gave me an opportunity when I was younger. I will give you a chance. And I hope the community continues to give us a chance.”

A Blazing Grace is currently open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays.

Stay tuned to their Facebook page for upcoming changes in their schedule and menu items.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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