New FK Your Diet in Sunrise has a provocative name - and a 5-pound burrito

New FK Your Diet in Sunrise has a provocative name – and a 5-pound burrito

On a rainy day drive home from her new restaurant job, Uniyah Gollett begged her boss to stop working.

From the passenger seat, she watched the homeless sitting on the side of the road, unprotected from the storm, made her cry. Juliet – who had grown up in Broward County’s foster care system for most of her life – felt like she was looking in the mirror.

The 23-year-old spoke with her supervisor, Jake Miller, on an impromptu shopping spree. They brought a Dollar General and stuffing deodorant, sunscreen, feminine hygiene products and toiletries in 20 plastic bags. At the traffic lights, Gullit and Miller distributed care packages to every homeless person they saw.

“I was one of them,” Juliet says. “I know what it means to be a woman in the street with your bike. They are still human. They deserve a chance like everyone else.”

This may have been her new valet position at Sunrise Restaurant, FK Your Diet, but Gullit felt light years away from her recent past.

The rainbow-coloured restaurant opened in August on Commercial Boulevard with an ambitious premise: pair pleasing good business with ridiculous breakfast foods.

FK in the name is not an expletive. It means “adopted children”.

Approximately 30% of FK Your Diet employees are former foster children. Few of them are recovering ex-convicted criminals and drug addicts.

The restaurant – which offers second chances – showed up just when Gullit needed one. She had just been released from custody on July 22, her 23rd birthday, when her temporary job at the agency ended. A social worker told her that FK Your Diet was hiring.

“I didn’t know where to go, I had no one to call, and God brought me to Mr. Jake,” she says.

Mr. Jake is Miller, the 24-year-old owner of Sunrise’s FK Your Diet and himself the son of a former foster child.

During a job interview, Miller He says, hearing Juliet describe the lifelong hardship of foster care. She said she’s worked at Chipotle, McDonald’s, and The Cheesecake Factory in Sawgrass Mills. I even graduated from culinary school.

Rent it right away.

When Gullit admitted she had no transportation, Miller offered to take her to and from work. But Miller says he was surprised when Juliet offered care packages to the homeless last weekend.

“I was like, ‘This is a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that? “I worked here, what, three weeks? It’s really exceptional.”

Now Miller is training Juliet to one day replace him.

“She has a great attitude,” he says. “My dream, as I told her, is to help her teach her how to run a restaurant, become a general manager, and then own this place.”

Born in Pompano Beach, Gullit says she lived with biological parents who kept her out of school and abused her in ways she’d rather forget. At age seven, she said, she entered the state’s sponsorship system.

“He taught me to read and write, instilled in me that education is strength, and made me the woman I am today,” says Gullette, her assigned guardian at the time, Beverly Russell.

Over the next 11 difficult years, Juliet wore about 15 shelters, nursing homes, and group homes, sometimes out of state, including in New York and North Carolina.

“It was like a box of chocolates,” she recalls. “A lot of the homes I have been in, have been neglected and abused. But I can honestly say that evil always outweighs good.”

In Broward, about 2.5 out of every 1,000 children enter the state’s child care system each month, while that number is 1.73 out of every 1,000 children in Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families Report Published October 2021. That number is higher statewide: 2.92 out of every 1,000 children.

In Florida, adopted children exit the program at the age of 18 Eligible for ‘aftercare’ programs Until their 23rd birthday, provided they meet certain criteria, such as finishing high school or working at least 80 hours a month.

For Gollett, the stability of home life was constantly far from her. By the time she turned eleven, she was living exclusively in group homes with 15 or more children, most of whom were even younger. Foster parents who worked all day left them unsupervised, sometimes without meals. By necessity, she taught herself to cook. Boiled rice and scrambled eggs Gollett at least three times a week for younger children in the group home. I baked the cookies from scratch by reading the instructions on the back of the box. She grew up loving honey so much that she sprinkled it on top of everything, especially fried chicken.

Gollett even earned a new neighborhood-wide nickname—”Pooh”—because, like the cartoonish Winnie the Pooh, her love for honey was insatiable, surpassed only by her culinary pleasure.

When she turned 18, Gullit was aged out of foster care, but she discovered an organization, FLITE Center in Fort Lauderdale, that helped her learn to be self-sufficient, such as filling out job applications, and found her transitional housing. I joined the Cooking Program at Coconut Creek’s Atlantic Technical College and graduated in May.

Gollett’s criminal background check reveals some significant charges, including two felonies and a 2019 serving in Broward County Jail. Gullit does not dispute this, adding that she was “young and had no direction,” and that her new employer does not judge her past mistakes.

“Prison was a wake-up call and a blessing, because now I know what I shouldn’t do,” Gullit says. “But I haven’t had a problem in the past few years. FK cares now, not my past, and I am grateful for the opportunity.”

“People make mistakes,” Miller says. “I mean, we’re dealing with the custody system here. What guidance did they not have before to do the right thing? To me, that makes Pooh’s story even more amazing. It shows that she really changed her life.”

Once I got the butler job three weeks ago, Miller insisted Gullit have breakfast at home. She declined out of humility but “she was serious, like, ‘Take the meal, take the meal,'” Juliet says with a laugh. I had some amazing shrimp and grits with crackers and lots of honey on my first visit. Today, and it was really good.

“People like Mr. Jake are supposed to live forever,” she adds. “This job is more than just a job. This place ensures that you always have a great deal of food.”

Imagine a hamburger sandwiched between fried donuts, a 5-pound breakfast burrito as fat as soccer balls, a maple-flavored milkshake, and a Southern fried chicken egg.

The fun menu at FK Your Diet Sunrise is the brainchild of Miller’s father, Doug, who grew up in Ohio’s foster care system.

Doug Miller and his wife, Amy Eldridge, opened their prime location for dinner in Fort Myers in 2018, and later added outposts in Orlando and Cape Coral. He says he created FK Your Diet to help with childcare to overcome the fears that defined his childhood. One solution: a comfort food menu full of “cheat meals.”

“You never know where your next meal will come from,” says Doug Miller, who lives in Fort Myers. “So we give you so much food that you don’t know what to do with it. We pay for all that food, so maybe, if you were in foster care, you wouldn’t worry so much.”

He recalls the bitter hatred he felt toward “adoptive parents who abused and neglected me” as he moved through more than a dozen foster homes and group homes. His guardians would put locks on the refrigerators, he says. One adoptive mother served him nothing but a cake for three months in a row. Other times, a public school lunch was the only meal he ate in a day.

“I didn’t feel sympathy for my foster family then, but I feel sympathy now,” he says. “It’s not easy being one of those dads. The burnout rate is high. I learned to cook all these recipes from good foster moms. Our cooking isn’t fancy, nor is it weird. It’s how you’d cook at home if you knew how to cook.”

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Although FK Your Diet Sunrise is only open for a month, it has already begun working with Broward nonprofits that support foster children, such as 4KIDS, The Hands and Feet, Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options and the Flite Center, says Jake Miller. The FK Your Diet menu also includes so-called “meal deals” that benefit local adoption kids, which range from $12.50 for single meals to $500 for multiple pairs of Nike sneakers.

During her rotations on FK Your Diet, Gollett is quick and intuitive.

“The smell of bacon is ready!” She called a line cook on her way to the bus tables in the dining room. She loves the slogan written on a rainbow mural in the dining room, which reads: “Be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

“I love seeing that,” Juliet says. “You don’t know what a human has suffered when they come to the restaurant. Their cloud can be stormy, but the important thing is to make them feel happy.”

Last week, she said, one of her former professors surprised her by visiting the restaurant.

“She told me she was proud of me, and she said God had a plan for me, and she was proud of the woman I became,” Juliet says. “I may be a babysitter, but that doesn’t mean I will fail. There is room to thrive and rise.”

FK Your Diet is located at 9210 Commercial Blvd. , Sunrise. visit FKYourDiet.com Or call 954-832-7102.

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