"Belle's" is centered around widower William "Big Bill" Cooper who owns and operates his family's upscale soul food restaurant in Atlanta. In addition to running the restaurant, Bill must deal with his two headstrong daughters: Jill, the sensible hardworking manager of Belle's who also juggles being a single mom; and Loreta, a stylish, self-absorbed prima donna whose ambitions alternate between a career in the music business and finding a rich husband. And if that isn't challenging enough, Bill must deal with the temperamental chef at Belle's who also happens to be his thorn-in-the-side sister-in-law, Gladys. Rounding out the family is cousin Maurice, the irresponsible bartender and self-proclaimed ladies' man who is always in hot water; and Jill's savvy tween daughter Pam, who seems to be the only one who has a handle on everyone and everything that happens.
One Big Happy Family
The Belle's Restaurant is rented out by the Crawford family to host their reunion. Bill is tormented when he finds out that the family once owned Belle’s family during slavery.
Pam’s birthday party is not going to have any partiers unless Bill agrees to a romantic weekend with a woman he doesn't like.
In an effort to get Aunt Gladys to stop using lard in her recipes, Bill organizes an intervention to break her of the habit.
When the Gourmet Society schedules a pig roast at the restaurant, problems ensue when the hog arrives alive. Bill becomes attached to the animal and struggles with putting it to slaughter.
Jill meets the perfect guy and invites him to dinner for an introduction to Bill and the family. His imperfection is revealed and Jill has to decide whether or not to continue dating him.
In the season finale, a distraught runaway bride shows up at the restaurant and Bill does his best to council her. Loretta gets into hot water while dating a married man.