Black restaurant week: around the United States, events remind diners, ‘we’re here. Support us’
Auckland is a fast-growing city, with most African americans displaced along the way. In 1980, 47% of the city’s blacks were black, and now roughly one-quarter black, white, Asian and Hispanic.
The city’s changing sense of identity eventually helped Adrian Henderson’s business. He is the co-owner of Kingston 11, a Caribbean restaurant whose name is the double name of the north Korean gate.
“In Oakland, people saw black people being pushed out,” Mr. Henderson said. “We are a community-based restaurant, so people of color are supporting our business. Now it’s good that any black company or restaurant is oversupporting it, right?”
To help spread the news about which restaurants are actually owned by African americans, Henderson took part in the bay area black restaurant week. In the past few years, this promotion has been spread to include Houston, Detroit, charlotte, Atlanta, and New Orleans, most of the African-American, and small cities, such as Richmond, Virginia, and Madison. Wisconsin.
Some of the restaurant hopes to participate in “black restaurant week remind African American consumers, they consider their dollars, they were there,” Georgetown university historian Marcia charter says, he is writing a book about race and fast food.
After four years on main street in Memphis, Tennessee, DejaVu closed it in January, but announced plans to reopen this spring in a new location. The city’s black restaurant did bring in some new customers, according to the manager.
During the promotion period, diners can usually enjoy a large discount. However, in some cities, this is just a way to draw attention to the service offered by black restaurants, which is pure brand promotion. The Chicago version will take place this week. Baltimore’s black restaurant challenge will continue for much of February. Other cities will take place throughout the spring.
The idea seems to have been spread across the country through social media, with local events sponsored by public relations consultants, wine dealers, radio stations and restaurants.
Laura Smith, the organizer of the Chicago black restaurant week, serves as a public school counselor. “For me personally, it’s because I really don’t feel like I’m celebrating my history, food is something I love,” she said. “I created a black restaurant week for Chicago to celebrate the fact that we have a lot of good food in our community.”
The word spread has worked. In 2016, eight restaurants took part in the black restaurant week event in Memphis, attracting 3,135 customers. Last year, the number of restaurants grew to 14, and this week more than 6,200 customers walked through the gates.
That’s not rocket science, says Cynthia Daniels, a social media manager, who came up with the idea in Memphis. The city has hosted almost every other kind of food celebration - Italy, Mexico, barbecue. The HM dessert lounge, a black restaurant she works with, has no marketing budget. By working with others, the event attracts a lot of publicity, as do other cities.
The alluring black forest cake series took place last year in the black restaurant week of SweetArt, a st. Louis bakery and gallery.
“When black restaurant week to start with, we are new, so it gives us a lot of exposure,” Thomas said kali Kurt, a Memphis ice cream Scoops Parlor boss, sandwiches and pizza.
Including there are many different kinds of restaurants in the cities, from the takeaway for fish and chicken, to high-end restaurants, such as 40/40 of Manhattan club, which is jointly owned by hip hop tycoon Jay Z’s room.
Overall, African americans are lagging behind in running restaurants. According to the national restaurant association, blacks make up 13 percent of the population, but only 8 percent of restaurateurs and restaurant managers share the same percentage.
African americans are celebrity chefs such as carrahall and patelli. In general, however, it is often hard for blacks to come up with the money they need to start a restaurant, partly because of the lack of wealth and continued discrimination among african-americans. “Most black restaurant owners, who spend their life savings, open the restaurant and hope for the best,” Mr. Daniels said.
In the Jim Crow era, at least in some cities, the black ownership of restaurants and other types of business tended to be more robust. Black owned businesses serve black customers that white owners cannot or do not want. “As long as there is a segregated community, there are restaurants that are owned by blacks,” said Sharon zukin, a sociologist at brooklyn college.
Black restaurants provided an important gathering place during the civil rights era. Atlanta’s Paschal’s Motor Lodge and Restaurant is a gathering place for Martin Luther King and allied activists. “If you want to know what’s going on, that’s where most of the discussion is… And most of the plans are in progress, “Andrew young, an assistant to the king of Atlanta, told the Washington post in 2011.
After the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, blacks were allowed to eat at the lunch counters or restaurants they chose, no longer confined to their communities. Around the same time, the interstate highway construction tore up many traditional black city centers, displacing residents and disrupting business. The rise of fast-food chains has not helped local restaurateurs.
After the “Jim Crow, black restaurant ownership in fact already collapsed,” Dixie living and dining: Jim Crow in the southern city of the evolution of the diet culture the author Angela gill said. “Black diners had different options, and they didn’t have to stay in their ‘race’ because they were going to call them.”
According to a working paper by Robert fairley, an economist at the university of California, Santa cruz, blacks are still the least number of racial or ethnic groups in terms of overall corporate ownership. They continue to struggle to get credit to start restaurants. African americans, who train for food and drink, are common, much less space and staff than restaurants.
The boss of Pass Da Peas in northwestern Milwaukee likes to greet customers by name and offer them tokens for free drinks. But he was happy to see new faces during the Black Restaurant Week.
Black restaurant organizers say customers don’t always know the options. Sometimes even black food entrepreneurs don’t know how many colleagues they have in the city. In many cases, these events allow them to share information about trends and employees. “It makes people want to start their own business,” said Smith, the organizer of the Chicago black restaurant week.
The main aim of the work is to highlight the number of restaurants that African americans have in the country, hoping to attract more support. “It underscores the strong need for African americans to support African americans in restaurants,” said Todd Richards, a chef and cookbook author in Atlanta. “If we don’t go into our own restaurant and support them, we can’t talk about discrimination.”
Of course, black restaurant owners are happy to welcome customers of all backgrounds. Pass Da Peas is a twist in Milwaukee that provides wings, catfish fingers and ribs. It doesn’t usually see a lot of white customers, but black restaurant week brings more.
“I had a group of Caucasian siblings coming in, and I was surprised,” said the store owner, who said he was in a state of panic.