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Detroit Black Restaurant Week highlights Black chefs, business owners

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Black-owned restaurants in Detroit and the suburbs get the spotlight during the fourth annual Detroit Black Restaurant Week.

The first of this two-part meal promotion will take place April 9-18, followed by a second series this summer from August 20-29.

The event is organized by founder Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, who is also co-founder of the urban outdoor restaurant EastEats. The growing list includes 30 food companies that they can join for free. This year’s Detroit Black Restaurant Week isn’t just limited to restaurants. This also includes local caterers and food trucks.

“We have some amazing events that cover the vegan lifestyle, collectible items, special events, pop-ins from guest chefs and more,” said Osei-Bonsu in a press release about the event, adding that this year’s DBRW is a “synergistic partnership “with Pepsi. “That will allow us to do some amazing things.”

This year’s participating restaurants include new center businesses such as the newly opened Baobab Fare, as well as Jamaican Pot, Kitchen by Que and Yum Village. The DUO Lounge in Southfield, the Detroit Pepper Company on the east side of Detroit, the Kola Restaurant and Lounge in Farmington Hills, Good Times on Avenue on Avenue of Fashion, and Le Crepe in Royal Oak are also involved.

Chef Antoinette Perry of the DUO Restaurant and Lounge in Southfield, part of Detroit Black Restaurant Week, begins April 9th.

Both of Chef Max Hardy’s restaurants are on board, including Coop Detroit from the Detroit Shipping Company and his new pizza company Jed’s Detroit.

Dennis Williams, owner of Le Crepe, says he’s happy to be off the promotion because it gives him the opportunity to “show what I do, re-invite old regulars and bring in new regulars”.

“We are a creperie, we take sweet and savory products and put them in crepes, we offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, dessert, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian … everything is freshly made to order, there are no heat lamps or microwaves . I have staff willing to get it right the first time and we want you to leave happy. “

He said the pandemic has been harsh and he will need to crowdfund to make ends meet and start a GoFundMe.

“It’s going well now through GoFundMe, through my village, the people who support us, we can keep up,” he said. “The weekends are coming back, we are 50% busy, but we are fine.”

For Detroit Black Restaurant Week, Williams has specials and deals on some of their favorite items.

For more information, please visit social media at facebook.com/DetroitBlackRestaurantWeek or Instgram @detroitblackrestaurantweek.

DBRW isn’t the only food promotion coming up. Two more “restaurant weeks” begin on Monday.

Greektown Restaurant Week runs Monday through April 11th and aims to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Greece’s independence. There is usually a street parade on Greece’s Independence Day, March 25th, but due to COVID-19, the community is instead focusing on directing business to the restaurants on Monroe Street.

Greektown Restaurant Week will highlight food and beverage specialties at several bars and restaurants in the district, including long-standing stores like Golden Fleece, Astoria Pastry Shop, and Old Shillelagh, as well as newer hotspots like the Greek Market and Bakalikon Wine Bar, Delmar Detroit, and Pig’s Tail Cocktail Lounge & Roof over the Red Smoke Barbeque.

For more information, please visit the Greektown Detroit Facebook page at facebook.com/greektowndetroit.

For subscribers:The long-standing Golden Fleece Restaurant has a new look and other changes in Greektown

In Macomb County, the city of Warren is launching Restaurant Week Monday through April 11 to help fuel the food and dining business at local restaurants.

Look for a cheeseburger dinner for two at Betty Jane’s Bar and Grill or a family meal at Malone’s Tavern. Get a Free Order of Gyoza at Kit Chen Thai gives a free order of Gyoza with the purchase of two starters and the Mexico City Restaurant offers a free dessert with the purchase of two dinners.

All participating companies and further information can be found at miwarren.org/restaurantweek.

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