Admired owner of popular Newark soul food restaurant dies at 86

John Steward’s soul food restaurant on Wright Street in Newark attracted everyone, from celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal to churchgoers looking for a good meal after Sunday services, his nephew said.

“Everyone came in from all walks of life and sat down and had a great meal there,” said Steward’s nephew, Godfrey Allen.

Steward, the longtime owner of the family-run restaurant, died on April 10 from a heart attack, his family said. He was 86.

John’s Place opened in the early 1990s and stayed a family-run business until it closed about five years ago. Even as Steward aged, he’d still hang

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