In the economic shock brought on by COVID19, over 110,000 restaurants permanently closed their doors. While businesses overall reported steep losses in inactivity, black enterprises experienced a 41% drop nationwide. As efforts by state and city officials mobilized to keep Boston’s food industry afloat, Roxbury’s restaurants were still missing from Boston Restaurant Week in 2021.
THIS WAS OUR ANSWER
In response to this crisis, we've partnered with Roxbury Main Streets and Roxbury's top thought leaders and cultural leaders to organize “Roxbury Restaurant Week”. Recently coined as "The Collaboration of The Year", This week coincides with national Boston Black Restaurant Month in collaboration with the Black Hospitality Coalition and Black Restaurant Week
Cheryl Slaughter (Soleil), Elle Simone (She Chef), Brie Garner (Haley House), Rokeya Chowdhury (Dudley Cafe)
Aquila Kentish (Jamaican Mi Hungry). Photos by The Opia Group
MEET THE RESTAURANTS
WORDS OF GRATITUDE
It takes endurance to run a restaurant. It takes a different kind of toughness to outlast a pandemic. As an added value to our programming, each restaurant received professional headshots, a $5k grant (courtesy of BECMA), and an exclusive food styling class with Elle Simone of Americas Test Kitchen.
Each Restaurant also donated gift cards to a raffle benefiting the Ujima Worker Care fund.
A special thank you to Elle Simone, Aquila Kentish & Toni Elka of Future Chefs
Logo in colaboration with Sofenomenal.
One Hand Washes The Other