Celebrating Pride and Community with DACHA Kitchen & Bar

Chef Katya Pervushina, Co-Founder Katya Skye and Co-Founder Suki Skye.
San Francisco's culinary scene boasts a vibrant array of LGBTQ+-owned and operated restaurants, each adding a unique flavor to the city's dining landscape. This Pride Month, we're thrilled to chat with Suki Skye, the co-owner of DACHA Kitchen & Bar, a vibrant Eastern European restaurant with a focus on healthy takes on classic dishes.

DACHA, not only known for its delicious food, is also a champion for inclusivity and community support. In this interview, Skye shares her passion for creating a welcoming space, the importance of community engagement, and how platforms like inKind have played a role in their success.

Let's dive in and learn more about DACHA Kitchen & Bar.
INKIND: Can you tell us a bit about DACHA Kitchen & Bar and the kind of cuisine you serve?

SKYE: DACHA Kitchen & Bar is an Eastern European restaurant in San Francisco. We serve healthier and updated versions of classic dishes, like baked piroshki (instead of fried). We have a seasonal menu that changes roughly every three months.

INKIND: DACHA is a queer-owned and women-led business. What does that mean to you?

SKYE: Being a queer-owned business allows us to create a unique sense of community – respectful, safe, and inclusive. We believe the LGBTQ+ community is fortunate to be able to create these spaces, and we actively give back to our community through donations to various LGBTQ+ and Ukrainian organizations.

INKIND: How has the community supported DACHA Kitchen & Bar?

SKYE: We're incredibly grateful for the support we've received from the LGBTQ+ community, local neighbors, and even the Eastern European community. This support is invaluable to our survival.

INKIND: How can diners support LGBTQ+ restaurants, not just during Pride Month but throughout the year?

SKYE: Dine at LGBTQ+ restaurants! Spread the word about these businesses and the positive impact they have on the community.

INKIND: What are your hopes for the future of LGBTQ+ representation in the culinary industry?

SKYE: We hope to see more LGBTQ+ representation in the culinary industry, creating safe and inclusive spaces for everyone.

INKIND: How has inKind's support contributed to the growth and development of DACHA Kitchen & Bar?

SKYE: inKind provided us with crucial working capital when we were a new business. This support allowed us to maintain regular business operations and focus on growth. inKind's support has been instrumental in our success. They provided vital working capital and marketing opportunities (being featured on the inKind app). Many customers have found us specifically through inKind, which has been a huge blessing.

inKind is a fantastic resource, especially for new businesses needing working capital. They also provide valuable marketing opportunities through their app.

INKIND: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?

SKYE: We're excited to celebrate Pride Month with our community through various events including a queer prom experience on June 14th. We are incredibly grateful for the support of inKind, our community, and everyone who has helped us get this far. We look forward to the future!