Woman Becomes First Black Owner of an Outback Steakhouse in Detroit After Starting As a Server

By March 7, 2021March 16th, 2021Black Women in History, News & Current Affairs
Gretta Jackson

By Cedric ‘BIG CED’ Thornton —

A Black woman, who started as a part-time server, is now an owner of her very own Outback Steakhouse restaurant in Michigan, less than 20 years later.

According to Fox2 Detroit, Gretta Jackson took a job as a part-time server job at an Outback in Southfield almost two decades ago to put some extra money in her pocket. She worked her way up to become the first Black woman in the Detroit area to own her own location.

She announced the news on her Facebook page:

“On this day 19 years ago I began my journey with OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE as a part time server… What started off as a Hustle would quickly become my career…. fast forward to today MY 19TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY with this company and I NOW OWN MY VERY OWN OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE!!!  BECOMING THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE MANAGING PARTNER FOR OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE IN THE DETROIT MARKET!! GOD IS AMAZING…THANKING AND PRAISING HIM FOR IT ALL  HAPPY 19TH ANNIVERSARY TO ME AND HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH TO YOU…. REMEMBER YOU DONT HAVE TO MAKE THE HISTORY BOOKS TO MAKE BLACK HISTORY! MY NAME IS GRETTA JACKSON AND I AM #BLACKGIRLMAGIC OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE 28850 GRATIOT AVE ROSEVILLE MI 48066 NOW HIRING FOR ALL POSITIONS

Jackson can now say she’s the managing partner of an Outback Steakhouse restaurant in Roseville.

After posting to her social media page, Jackson told Fox 2 Detroit how people randomly stopped by the restaurant to show her support.

“What started off as what I thought was just a simple post to celebrate a milestone in my life quickly turned into something else,” she said. “I could never imagined so many people would come to say hi and thank you and congratulations to me in person. I’ve had people send gifts, flowers, Edible Arrangements to the restaurant for me. Just an overwhelming amount of love and support.”


Source: Black Enterprise

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