Where There’s Smoque, There’s Fire - Rutgers University-Camden School of Business alumnus uses his education to empower Camden

By Rutgers-Camden News, Caroline Brobeil, February 22, 2023

Opening a business in Camden has shown me a true sense of community that you would not otherwise see as you ride up and down the streets,” said R’lay Wilkerson, alumnus of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden. It is that community, which has enthusiastically supported him since he first began his education, that he now seeks to empower through his business.

Blowin’ Smoque is a storefront barbecue restaurant that started as a popular food truck in Camden’s Parkview section. The building that would eventually become Wilkerson's restaurant had long ago been abandoned and was surrounded by other empty storefronts.