The actress who played Felisha in the iconic “Friday” scene that sparked the “Bye, Felicia” meme has opened a vegan cafe in L.A.
Angela Means, who played the character Felisha in the 1995 film “Friday” with Ice Cube, is the owner of L.A.’s Jackfruit Cafe, which serves vegan soul food out of the kitchen of King’s Donuts on Crenshaw Boulevard.
“All I can say is that the spirit led me,” 54-year-old Means told L.A. Weekly. “And now I have a vegan cafe in the ’hood.”
The Jackfruit Cafe serves items like American, Korean, Jamiacan, and Thai tacos, and a vegan fish cake with tartar sauce. The prices are about $9 for most dishes.
The area where the restaurant lies is classified as a food desert, or an area with low access to healthy food. Jackfruit Cafe offers a walkable option for plant-based food for many locals.
According to Means, who opened Jackfruit Cafe in September, many of her customers are those who are just learning about a plant-based diet.
“People were like, ‘Oh my God, thank you. Where have you been?’” said the former actress and model, who also appeared in Nickelodeon’s Cousin Skeeter. “A lot of younger people are getting their older relatives to come in.”
“I have people that just saw What the Health and they’re coming in because they don’t know how to be vegan,” Means told Munchies. “They don’t [even] know what vegan is.”
Means embraces her “Friday” role’s viral fame – Jackfruit Cafe even features a bell with the “Bye, Felicia” quote.
“There’s a reason for it,” she said of the scene’s resurgence. “I just have to figure out what the reason is.”
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