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Making of The Pearl

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The Pearl, a contemporary seafood grill and raw bar located at 20B District Avenue in Dorchester, MA, is a true labor of love—for food, family and community.

Roxbury natives and childhood friends, Mika and Malik Winder and Teda DeRosa and Luther Pinckney were drawn together as business partners by a shared passion for delicious food, a desire to create a high-quality, regionally inspired hospitality experience and a mission to establish a locally grown enterprise.

Opening a new restaurant is never easy—even in the best of times. It takes grit, determination and faith. Because of pandemic-related delays and restrictions, The Pearl opened last month at South Bay almost exactly one year later than originally planned.

The team partnered with local businesses Unity Contracting to help make their dream a reality and ASAP Media Group to produce this behind-the-scenes look at the process.