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These Detroit Restaurants Are Donating to Organizations Supporting Black Communities and Protesters


More than two weeks after demonstrations erupted around the world raising awareness of police brutality and violence against black communities, many restaurant owners in the Detroit area have shown their support for the movement by feeding protesters and organizing fundraising drives.

The Detroit protests were partly led by restaurant workers, including Avalon International Breads barista Tristan Taylor, who was arrested during a demonstration last week. Restaurants such as Sicily’s pizza owner Ali Beydoun and his staff have shown solidarity by handing out water to protesters who marched at the West Vernor Highway restaurant on Tuesday June 9 and helped Erica Pietrzyk of Pietrzyk on Thursday June 4 Pierogi giving protesters Pierogi in downtown Detroit.

Despite the financial and logistical challenges encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants, bars, and cafes have started running fundraisers to support local community groups like the Detroit Justice Center. Below, Eater has collected some of the places that say support.

Chartreuse cuisine & cocktails

This Art Center restaurant accepts online donations for the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Detroit Justice Center, and Triumph Church in the North End.

Brooklyn Street Local

This Corktown restaurant is giving away free Black Lives Matter buttons made by a friend and is committed to donating a portion of its monthly sales to nonprofits like the Detroit Association of Black Organizations, the Detroit Justice Center, the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and the National Bail to Donate From Fund.


PizzaPlex, a pizzeria in southwest Detroit, sells pizza sets along with select books from Know Allegiance Nation (KAN) Books, a Detroit cooperative bookstore dedicated to color writers.

Ocher bakery and magnet

These restaurants in Core City are hosting a fundraiser for local organizations such as the Detroit Justice Center, Ruth Ellis Center, Detroit People’s Food Coop, and Freedom House Detroit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. Food that was not sold during the pop-up is served to protesters.

Sister pie

This West Village bakery raised more than $ 1,000 from selling salted maple cake to donate to the Michigan Solidarity Bail Fund.

Cairo coffee

This Eastern Market cafe raised nearly $ 700 in two days from selling sack coffee and split the proceeds between Green Light Black Futures and the Bail Project. Customers are currently encouraged to donate directly to the organization.

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Dusty Kennedy