Family Affair in Dorchester has closed

The restaurant specialized in soul food and Caribbean fare.

Chicken and waffles at Family Affair
Chicken and waffles at Family Affair. Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Known for its crispy fried chicken and gargantuan selection of inventive waffles, Family Affair in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner was a local favorite for soul food and Caribbean cooking.

But on Wednesday, the restaurant announced on social media that it had closed, with its last day of service on July 3. A handful of pop-ups will take place over the next few months, and catering and private dinners will still be available.

“We are so filled with gratitude for all of the continued love you have shown us since our opening,” the closing announcement read. “The past two years have been nothing less than amazing. At this time, we have decided not to renew our lease at this location. For the next couple of months, we will be focusing on pop-ups and catering as we move to our future.”


Dorchester native Jermaine Tulloch, a former opera singer and educator, opened Family Affair in 2019 at 554 Columbia Road, where he cooked alongside his mother, Hulda Tulloch. The restaurant was a hub for chicken and waffles, but also crab rangoon rolls, jerk salmon, oxtail, and Southern fried wings.

“Huge bummer,” James Simmons wrote in response to the news. “Glad I got one last serving last weekend!”

“You made [a] great impact while you were there!” Tara Nikako Register shared.

Family Affair’s farewell message encouraged diners to stay connected to the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram, where people will be able to find future pop-up dates.

“We can’t wait to serve you again in the near future!” the message signed off. “We love you all!”

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