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The First Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week Kicks Off

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The first Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week, hosted by and TheStrangeRootsBox, started yesterday. co-founders Lauren Bates and Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, who also founded TheStrangeRootsBox subscription box service, organized the event to celebrate and bring more awareness to black-owned restaurants in and around Detroit. The event will feature Caribbean, French and West African cuisines, among others.

Savannah Blue

Osei-Bonsu said in a statement that he wants “people to understand that the color of the owner’s skin doesn’t determine the style of their cuisine, doesn’t indicate a subpar level of service and doesn’t mean that only people of color are welcome to patronize.”

Participating casual dining restaurants will offer a $15 one-course plate that includes two sides and a drink, while fine dining restaurants will serve $35 dinner plates and an optional three-course lunch plate for $25.

Participating restaurants include Le Crepe in Royal Oak, and Savannah Blue and The Jamaican Pot in Detroit.

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Le Crepe

“This week is about giving people that live, work and play within these communities a chance to try something different and new that they may have never thought of trying before,” Co-Chair and one-half of Lauren Bates said in a statement.

The event runs until Aug. 27. The restaurant week is a precursor to forthcoming events hosted by this fall intended to bring more exposure to the area’s black culinary scene, the website said.

For more information about participating restaurants, visitĀ here.

Also check out our LIST of Black owned restaurants (and other businesses) in Detroit.


Source: Crain’s Detroit Business

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