It's almost time for Black Restaurant Week in Huntsville, and if you didn't know, there are many to choose from to support during this time and throughout the year. With a significant uptick in promoting and supporting Black-owned businesses, this is an opportunity to learn about and try new places and help make sure these establishments stay open.
Black Restaurant Week Huntsville will take place June 11 - June 20, and this year's theme is “Stick a Fork In It.”
Coming off a year where small businesses really took a major hit, movements such as Black Restaurant Week are crucial in helping our local Black-owned businesses remain staples in the community for years to come.
In preparation for the week, I chatted with Black Restaurant Week Hsv, L.L.C, one of the parties behind organizing the event. I discovered more about what we can expect during the week and why it matters so much.
Zenovia: Who is responsible for organizing this event?
BRW: Black Restaurant Week Hsv, L.L.C. and The Swann Company.
Zenovia: Can you tell us which restaurants are participating?
BRW: All Black-owned Restaurants in the Huntsville area (Tennessee Valley).
Zenovia: Are there any special deals people can take advantage of?
BRW: GrubSouth will be delivering for free during the week of Black Restaurant Week. Each Restaurant is encouraged to do a special as well, which will be determined in the coming weeks.
Zenovia: Why do you think Black Restaurant week important?
BRW: Black restaurant owners are small businesses that do not always have the resources to expand their businesses, so this week is a way to bring attention and support to these restaurants.
Zenovia: What do you hope to accomplish with this week?
BRW: We hope to highlight Black-owned restaurants in the community to drive profits, patronage and boost publicity, so those that live in Huntsville are aware that these businesses exist.
Zenovia: What are you most excited about during the week?
BRW: The newest event this year is Soul Fest, Alabama. It is a food and music festival to celebrate Juneteenth this year, Saturday, June 19th.
Zenovia: Where can people go for more information?
BRW: Facebook: Black Restaurant Week Hsv & Instagram: @blackrestaurantweekhsv website coming soon
Get your pockets and stomachs ready, and head to some of my favorites this week!
Start your day with fresh homemade donuts from The Donut Hole. Still using the original recipes that helped this business get started, the flavors and freshness will leave you wanting more. Be sure to read about their humble beginnings as Huntsville's first Black-owned donut shop. Swing by Dark Side Coffee to round out your morning.
Who doesn't love the smoky, tender meat that comes from a grill? Paired with your favorite sides and you have the perfect lunch at PB's BBQ.
Comfort food in an environment that you can sit back and unwind from the day, yes! The Dish is your spot for food, drinks, and an all-around good time. Be sure to try the collard green egg rolls; they're delicious!
What's a day without dessert? Boring! Let Royalty Funnel Cakes add a sweet ending to your day with their large variety of funnel cake creations.
Burgers and dogs with homemade toppings, plus empanadas, cobbler and more are on the menu.
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