Steven Butler started his culinary journey as a child under the tutelage of his mother, Antionette Rodolph b.k.a Nettie. Nettie was a restaurateur in Newburgh, N.Y. in the 1980s. She taught Steven how to prepare delicious soul food that people loved to eat. Steven acquired his passion for cooking from his late Mother. When Steven’s godfather and founder of IKE & BG’s Restaurant, Issac Gray (a k.a. IKE), noticed his natural talent, he suggested that Steven help around the restaurant to learn more. Throughout his teen years, Steven would scurry from his classroom to work in the restaurant’s kitchen after school and on weekends. By the time Steven was 18, he could successfully prepare Soul Food Dishes such as a full Thanksgiving meal for Holidays, thats the level he had taken his passion for cooking. In 2017, Steven acquired IKE & BG's Restaurant and reopened the business with new menu items and a new plan for growth.


Today the millennial grill-master is expanding his business to continue his family's legacy. IKE & BG's Restaurant currently has two locations; one at 1646 Genesee Street and the other in downtown Buffalo at 56 Niagara Street. With plans for a new restaurant rebuild and multi-use complex already in progress, Steven aims to have the most prominent barbecue and soul food restaurant in Western New York.

CEO & Restaurateur


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"In 2017, I acquired Ike and BG’s Restaurant to continue my father’s legacy. I did this by making changes to the menu, advocating for beautification in the restaurant’s community, implementing marketing strategies, and opening a second location in downtown Buffalo. Today the Ike and BG’s family mourns the passing of Mr. Gray, but we celebrate his life. In the days leading up to the funeral, we will display a black veil that will hang at the Ike and BG’s downtown location, where my father made his last public appearance in celebration of the ribbon cutting and 2022 groundbreaking announcement for our restaurant rebuild." ~ STEVEN BUTLER

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