Terry & Rico Create "The Bando" Museum Style Restaurant to Feed and Inspire Forgotten Communities

The Bando is Art. The Bando is Food. The Bando is an Experience.

The Bando is one of Atlanta's newest restaurants that was birthed by two friends and educators, Terry Bartholomew and Rico Burk. They saw that there were many injustices and inadequacies in the school system and they decided that they wanted to do more for their community affected by it. They started taking Black male students to dinner and/or lunch to have conversations that they'd hope would inspire the young men. This would eventually become a monthly thing that grew into conversations with parents and a mentorship program that allowed them to do more.

"The reason why we started the Bando was to connect with the community through community service and different philanthropic work. We really want to give back by eventually opening up our own school or community center," says Terry Bradshaw.

Their goal was to create a space where the community can not only come but leave fed whether it was mind, body or stomach. They decided that a restaurant was the best idea given their limited financial resources at the time and knowledge on how people crave a good food experience.

With Terry's Atlanta influence and Rico's Detroit influence, it was a no-brainer that wings, their most famous being the "crack" wing, and Detroit-style coney dogs were a must-have on the menu. And in 2019, The Bando ATL was born. The term "bando" comes from abandoned houses given in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. When asked why they chose their location, they felt like they didn't choose the location, but in fact, the location chose them. They wanted to be in an area that was deemed "the hood