Chefs and Restaurants

Selma Miriam and Noel Furie on Keeping Bloodroot Going For Decades

Jacqueline Raposo

Bloodroot—a lesbian-owned feminist restaurant and bookstore with a seasonal vegetarian menu—opened in 1977 in a remote, residential neighborhood of Bridgeport, Conn. Established as a collective, members of the early years contributed 60-hour work weeks, sharing duties and planning events that included Women-Only Wednesdays, book groups, and weaving classes. 

Decades and over 200 members and employees later, owners Selma Miriam and Noel Furie remain the last members...