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Here Are The Top Black-Owned Restaurants To Try In 2021
According to Yelp, the quest for Black-owned businesses increased by 2,400% in 2020, compared to 2019.
This is good news for many businesses who felt the brunt of the impact brought on by the pandemic. In addition to hospitality, travel and leisure, the restaurant industry was one of the hardest hit.
That’s why we put together this list of Black-owned restaurants that have defied the odds. You’ll definitely want to check them out.
EastEats was one of the first restaurants to create a socially-distanced outdoor dining experience.
The restaurant is a collection of heated geodesic domes set up in an empty lot in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, founded by Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, Nygel Fyvie, and Dr. Lloyd Talley–who wanted to bring community dining to the city.
The venue space was purchased for $100 thanks to the city’s side lot program and was built in less than three months.
Every menu item is named after an influential person from Detroit’s recent or historical past, including Aaliyah, John Witherspoon, Della Rose, Ruth Ellis, and more.
In less than two months since its opening in 2020, Tigo B and Fox, the co-founders of Romeo’s Burgers are already selling out of their vegan burgers and milkshakes.
The owners, who are both vegan, said their goal is to bring comfort food that’s nutritional to the Queen City. Tigo B, who is a hip-hop artist, decided to invest in a food truck with his manager after the pandemic caused him to stop touring.
Romeo’s Burgers has become so popular that they are moving their food truck to a new location because they need more space!
Nashville Coop is a food truck turned brick-and-mortar. On the first day of its opening, the chicken sold out.
What makes Nashville Coop special is that when brothers Arif and Kamal Mohamed launched the physical location in St. Paul, it was in the midst of the pandemic and a global uprising against racial injustice.
Southwest Soda Pop Shop is Black-woman owned ice cream shop, opened by four sisters in DC’s Wharf.
When the pandemic hit, the business was almost forced to close its doors completely, but the community stepped in. After the sisters created a GoFundMe account to save the shop, the community rallied together to ensure the business stayed open.
For the last 30 years, brothers and co-founders Cary and Duane Earle have remained dedicated to bringing their vision to life: uniting people and their communities through good, healthy food.
In 1992, they opened Earle’s Weiners, a hot dog restaurant on Crenshaw Blvd. where they remained for nearly 16 years. They relocated to Crenshaw and Exposition, as Earle’s Grill.
In 2017 they moved to their current location in Crenshaw Square, known as Earle’s on Crenshaw.
During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the brothers extended their philanthropy by preparing and delivering meals to approximately 300 elderly community members three times a week. They also donated meals and PPE to hospitals across the city.