Los Angeles Black Restaurant Week takes place August 7-16, and this year, organizers expect a record high of 20 to 30 participating local restaurants.
Warren Luckett launched Black Restaurant Week, a seven-day affair to uplift Black restaurants in their communities, in Houston in 2016.
“My hope was to be able to use Black Restaurant Week as a medium to bring everyone to the table, from all walks of life, to showcase the [Houston’s] diverse Black food scene,” Luckett said in a recent L.A. Times interview.
The event has since expanded to Atlanta, Oakland, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.
A few local restaurants have already started coming up with specials for the week. Comfort L.A. owner Jessica Mitchell’s special includes chicken wings, sides, cornbread, dessert, and a drink for $20. John Cleveland, chef and owner of award-winning Post & Beam in Baldwin Hills, plans to offer a $45 prix fixe menu. Sky’s Gourmet Tacos owner Barbara Sky Burrell will design three prix fixe menus that range from $15 to $25 at both Mid-Wilshire and Marina del Rey locations.
So far over 25 establishments have been announced as participants. They include:
Restaurants that are interested in participating this year can find more information on the registration page. Due to the pandemic hitting restaurants especially hard, organizers have waived the $200 registration fee. Caterers, delivery services, food trucks, and restaurants are all welcome to apply.
The Black Restaurant Week website is also a digital hub you can use year-round to discover Black-owned culinary businesses across the nation.