Boyd's New Generation RestaurantSmall businesses across Illinois are the bedrock of their communities. One in particular, Boyd's New Generation in Springfield, exemplifies the lasting impact of minority-owned businesses on the state's economy.

Many residents from all walks of life call the family-owned soul food eatery home. For nearly 30 years, the warm welcome and Southern fare have brought generations of loyal customers returning to Boyd's door.

Meet Tammy Calloway, who alongside her husband Lewis and son Stevie own and operate the business.

Boyd's restaurant began as a labor of love for Tammy's Uncle Albert and Aunt Annie Boyd. The pair ran the business for 14 years and solidified their place on the city's east side.

The popular restaurant beat the test of time and outlasted many local eateries that had to close their doors.

Their lasting power is a product of their community. After the business closed due to a fire, Tammy and Lewis invested in the business and responded to the community's request for their return.

One loyal customer encouraged the owners to serve breakfast. Guests can find local hard-working residents eating next to the influential on any given Tuesday for Boyd's famous smothered pork chops.

Boyd’s is one of the oldest minority-owned businesses in the state’s capital. Its owners and customers attest to the restaurant’s role in preserving a sense of community.

Since the business has been open, other neighboring businesses have moved into the surrounding community.

The Calloway's would like to see more establishments, especially minority-owned businesses, continue to bring money into the neighborhood.

As a way to give back, Boyd’s offers discounted senior meals and delivers food to their doors.

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