CAMDEN, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy commended Corinne’s Place, a restaurant which has endured as a resource for the Camden community during the difficult coronavirus health crisis.

The governor spoke fondly about the soul food eatery and catering business at 1254 Haddon Ave. during the state’s Tuesday COVID-19 press briefing.

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“The restaurant team led by co-owners Trevor Vaughan and Craig Sawyer, both longtime champions for Camden's revitalization, took a nearby abandoned lot, turned it into an outdoor dining space and christened it ‘Corinne’s Oasis’ to keep the restaurant going,” Murphy said. “Through it all, Corinne’s has remained true to Camden, providing meals to frontline workers battling the pandemic.”

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) awarded the Camden restaurant roughly $75,000 to shift its operations following gathering restrictions.

“It was fantastic to get a shout out from the governor. He said when he came here in 2019 it was one of the best meals he’s had in New Jersey, wow,” Corinne Bradley-Powers told TAPinto Camden. “In interviews they always ask me, ‘Why Camden?’ I say ‘Why not?’

Bradley-Powers, who’s business has been in the city for over 30 years, said she's happy to continue serving her neighbors.

NJEDA funds, she said, were dedicated toward the outdoor eating area - which hosted small events in the summer including jazz performances.

I know their team, “is committed to seeing Corinne’s Place remain strong for the days ahead, so we can help strengthen the community for the long run,” Murphy added. “I thank everyone at Corinne’s Place and I cannot wait to get back there.”

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