Mark Walker as a visionary and innovator. His brand, Oooh Wee It Is!, reflects Walker’s dedication, hard work, and service to his customers and the Chicagoland community. As a result of his continued commitment and business expertise, he is one of this year’s recipients of the Chicago Defender Men of Excellence awards.
Oooh Wee It Is! dine-in restaurant opened in the Chatham community. Since then, the restaurant has become a fast-growing gem of the community, bringing customers from across Chicago to enjoy brunch or dinner and listen to live music a couple of days a week.
Walker is a staunch believer in giving back to the community. His community work includes working with My Block, My Hood to provide care packages and meals to local seniors for Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. In addition, Walker regularly participates in community outreach, advocates for and provides mentoring to teens and young adults, including his restaurant team. In addition, because he is committed to working with the alderman and the Chatham community to address concerns related to the restaurant, Walker shared that he is developing a community team to assist with resolving issues and concerns.