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A Black Chef Is Behind The Opening Of The First Inner City Food Hall In Detroit, MI

A new dining venture is looking to put Detroit, MI, on the map.

Ngozi Nwanji

Sep 11, 2023

Former NBA Star Kevin Johnson Opens Tulsa Soul Food Restaurant, Projects It Will Generate $2M In Revenue

Kevin Johnson is keeping his family legacy alive and bringing more prosperity to their community through the opening of Fixins Soul Kitchen in Tulsa, OK.

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 2, 2023

Founders Of Green Book Global, EatOkra, And Dashible Unite To Highlight Harlem Restaurants Throughout Black Business Month

Black founders are uniting to spotlight businesses in Harlem throughout Black Business Month. In conversation with Lawrence Phillips, founder of Green Book Global, he revealed why he has teamed up with founders Anthony Edwards (EatOkra ) and Marvin Johnson (Dashible). With Phillips’ efforts to empower Black travelers globally, the partnership is a reflection of a similar desire, starting first with restaurants in Harlem, NY.

Samantha Dorisca

Aug 18, 2022

T-Pain Switches Lanes With The Announcement Of A New Venture — 'I'm Officially A Restaurant Owner'

T-Pain is following a new calling as the rap veteran and entertainer is now a restaurant owner. “I DID IT BOIS!!!! Im officially a restaurant owner. Got my keys today and I’m scared as sh&%. BUT! I can no longer ignore the paths God has set for me just because I don’t understand or I’m scared,” T-Pain wrote on Instagram.

Samantha Dorisca

May 9, 2022

Storefronts Are Established Along Atlanta's Beltline For Local, Black Owned Businesses

Black owned businesses in Atlanta are getting prime exposure with some help from the BeltLine and The Village Market . According to local news station , KESQ News Channel 3, the BeltLine MarketPlace is an inaugural program a part of the BeltLine’s initial small business incubator. Used as unconventional storefronts, Black business owners will have access to shipping containers and possibly food trucks to host their businesses. Set up along the Westside and Eastside trails, there will be room for up to six businesses at a time. Atlanta entrepreneur and owner of Mr. Cake Me Happy, Jerard Brown, was excited about the news. Brown sells his pastries and desserts to millions of patrons each year along the popular city trail. “The BeltLine is of course one place I’d love to open my business,” Brown said. “It’s a lot of customers out here, very busy, that’s why I’m out here today.” In a press release from the BeltLine, Inc., the mission of this installment of the small business incubator...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 14, 2022

RZA, Violife Award $100K To Five Black-Owned Restaurants To Make Plant-Based Eating More Accessible

Living a plant-based lifestyle is becoming more popular and Violife’s new program — backed by Wu Tang’s RZA — is set to help the growing community. While the plant-based market grows, Black-owned restaurants have hit losses during the pandemic. According to a press release, Violife launched its annual Plant Grants program to “help these restaurants give everyone – vegans, flexitarians, and the plant curious alike – an easy and inspired way to eat more plant-based food every day.” The vegan cheese brand selected five recipients to receive funding of $20,000 each. “With the 2021 Plant Grants program, we’re tackling plant-based food inequity head on by empowering Black-owned restaurants to offer more plant-based dishes to their communities – dishes that will delight customers and keep them coming back for more,” Lisa Akey , Head of Away from Home Marketing for Violife said in a statement. As a vegan himself, RZA aligned with Violife’s mission toward more plant-based food accessibility...

Ngozi Nwanji

Sep 17, 2021

PepsiCo, National Urban League Commit $10M To Support 500 Black-Owned Restaurants In The U.S.

PepsiCo and the National Urban League (NUL) are teaming up to provide financial support for Black-owned restaurants. According to a press release, the global food and beverage (F&B) leader has formed a partnership with the NUL to launch their Black Restaurant Accelerator Program, which has pledged to give 500 Black restaurant owners in 12 U.S. cities a total of $10 million over the next five years. Both entities’ support comes about following a tumultuous year for small Black-owned businesses that were impacted by the pandemic. “As the pandemic exposed existing disparities many minority business owners face, we saw a fundamental threat that could erase the decades of progress Black-owned restaurants have made,” C.D. Glin — Vice President, Global Head of Philanthropy at The PepsiCo Foundation — said in a statement. “This investment will help Black restaurateurs not only recover from the pandemic but set them on a path to long-term economic resilience. We are inspired by the progress...

Njera Perkins

Aug 2, 2021

Jaden Smith To Turn Los Angeles Food Truck Into Restaurant That Feeds The Homeless For Free

Rapper and actor Jaden Smith is turning his local meals on wheels business into a full-fledged establishment to give back to the homeless. This week, Variety revealed breaking news about Jaden Smith’s I Love You food truck — which launched two years ago in Los Angeles’ Skid Row area — that is now set to be turned into the I Love You restaurant to distribute food to homeless people. “It’s for homeless people to get free food,” he tells the outlet. “But if you’re not homeless, not only do you have to pay, but you have to pay for more than the food’s worth so that you can pay for the person behind you.” Smith’s noble effort is on brand for his many philanthropic actions, including his Water Box project — part of his 501CTHREE nonprofit organization — which provides underserved communities with access to clean water. News of Smith’s latest give back move follows after the announcement of his appearance in New Balance’s We Got Now campaign video, which also highlights and features the...

Njera Perkins

May 14, 2021

HEINZ, The LEE Initiative Launch $20K Grant Program To Preserve Black-Owned Restaurants' Legacy

U.S. food company HEINZ, The LEE Initiative and Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice (SRRJ) have all partnered together to reemphasize the cultural significance behind our country’s Black-owned restaurants. The collective effort of all three organizations has culminated into a grant program and a slate of resources to help these Black-owned businesses maintain their thriving restaurants and preserve Black culture in America. “It’s no secret HEINZ has celebrated the role food plays in our communities, especially in diners and restaurants, for as long as we’ve been around. But entrepreneurship is also in our brand DNA and has been one of H.J. Heinz’s core values since day one,” said Molly White — general manager and VP, Taste Elevation at Kraft Heinz — said in a statement. “Black-owned restaurants are critically important to communities across the country and we saw this as an opportunity to help ensure these businesses thrive for years to come. We’re proud to kick off a...

Njera Perkins

Apr 13, 2021

Taiwan's First Black-Owned Restaurant & Bar Wants To Serve As A Second Home For Black Residents

Taiwan now has its first Black-owned bar and restaurant thanks to one duo. As of lately, minorities in foreign countries with a focus on culinary practices have become the subject of research as minority travelers look to find bars, restaurants, or eateries to hang out with people who remind them of home. It was this very practice that led Carl Junior and Patrick to create Arts and Crafts Bar & Art Gallery — Taiwan’s first Black-owned bar and restaurant. According to Travel Noire, both Carl and Patrick have resided in Taiwan for over a decade and have witnessed first-hand, the lack of diversity in the Taiwanese hospitality industry. Now, they’ve used their experiences to create a safe space for the Black community to connect. “It’s a place where Black people all over the island can come for good music and energy, see Black art on the walls, and enjoy craft beer and custom cocktails,” said Carl in an interview. The mission is to make Arts and Crafts Bar & Art Gallery a second home...

Shanique Yates

Apr 12, 2021

Pepsi Launches Multi-Year Platform to Generate $100M in Sales For Black-Owned Businesses

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic enters yet another difficult phase, Black owners and restaurants find themselves struggling to navigate our new reality that’s changing dining culture. To combat this, Pepsi has stepped up to launch a multi-year consumer-facing effort that’s doubling down on rallying people to show their support for local Black-owned restaurants. According to a press release, Pepsi has introduced “Dig In” — a platform that aims to generate $100 million in sales for these Black-owned businesses over the next five years — as part of its Racial Equality Journey – Black Initiative . 🍽️ Ready to dine for a good cause? 🍽️ We are proud to announce Pepsi Dig In – a platform that supports black-owned restaurants by providing training, business growth opportunities, and raising visibility for the industry. Stay tuned for more information. — Pepsi (@pepsi) December 26, 2020 The platform’s main objective is to serve as an invitation for Black...

Njera Perkins

Jan 4, 2021

Two Black and Veteran-Led Tech Startups Integrated Their Platforms to Benefit Black-Owned Restaurants

Technology has proven to be the elite tool this year as it continues to innovate and improve industries all over. Even more so, tech is entering the food industry in ways that overall tweaks the F&B business models to better serve their customers. Prime example, Dashible , a subscription-based deal creation/distribution platform, and EatOkra , a location-based mobile app that helps customers easily find local Black-owned restaurants, have both partnered together to integrate their tech platforms as a means to benefit Black-owned food businesses in the U.S.   View this post on Instagram   We are excited to announce our partnership with EatOkra!! The #1 app for finding black-owned restaurants. Be on the lookout for Dashible deals at black-owned restaurants throughout the city. You can find the deals in the Dashible app or @eatokratheapp • Download both apps today and support local businesses. • • #eatokra #eatokratheapp #deals #shoplocal #supportlocal #supportblackbusiness A post...

Njera Perkins

Nov 6, 2020

6 Black-Owned Restaurants You Can Support That Now Offer Delivery

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly taken a toll on the nation’s economy, and Black-owned restaurants are feeling the sting as a result. However, in order to continue to generate income and meet customer demands, many Black-owned restaurants have adapted to these regulations by developing delivery options for customers. Check out these six Black-owned restaurants you can support during the outbreak and get a tasty meal at the same time. Slutty Vegan View this post on Instagram A post shared by Slutty Vegan ATL (@sluttyveganatl) The Atlanta-based vegan eatery — owned by businesswoman and philanthropist Aisha “Pinky” Cole — is known for its tasty vegan hamburgers and bacon. It is not uncommon for the shop to have hundreds of customers waiting to place their order in a line that stretches blocks from the main entrance. Many celebs like Jermaine Dupri and Grant Hill love the vegan options offered by Slutty Vegan. Since the outbreak, the vegan restaurant has moved its ordering process...

Devin Crudup

Apr 21, 2020