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D.C. to Present Its First Black Restaurant Week

August 28, 2018

By Erin Thibeau

The DMV is hosting its first-ever black restaurant week!

DMV Black Restaurant Week runs from Sunday, November 4, through Sunday, November 11. The brainchild of Furard Tate, Dr. Erinn Tucker and Andra "AJ" Johnson, the week features deals at black-owned and allied restaurants, bars and food trucks. (Allied restaurants are not black-owned but support the founders' mission. "Because we are a global city, black restaurants week will be inclusive with allied partners," the website reads.)

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Like the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's Restaurant Week, there will be discounted lunch and dinner menus at area dining spots. There will also be a number of events to help black-owned businesses "continue the legacy of dining in the region."

"We're bringing in people from all over to come and talk about the issues plaguing this industry and more specifically this city with the lack of [black> ownership here," Johnson told Washington City Paper. The bar consultant wrote the forthcoming book "White Plates, Black Faces," about the black experience in the restaurant industry.

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A conference and panel discussion on Saturday features black-owned food trucks, while an awards brunch on Sunday highlights owners, managers, polticians, and nonprofits that support the community. Other programming includes a bartender competition, ward pop-ups, a daily happy hour, and more.

See the list of participating restaurants offering a discounted ($25-$35) three course meal, via Washington City Paper:

Matchbox (Multiple locations)

American Tap Room (Multiple locations)

The Delegate (901 L St. NW)

ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar (300 Florida Ave. NW)

Appioo African Bar & Grill (1924 9th St. NW)

Bukom DC (2442 18th St. NW)

Union Oyster Bar & Lounge (1309 5th St. NE)

SoBe (Lunch only, 10621 Greenbelt Road #201, Glenn Dale, Maryland)

Blue Waters Caribbean & Seafood Grill (6349 Old Branch Ave., Temple Hills, Maryland)

Cheers at the Big Chair (2122 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. SE)

The Caged Bird (1723 Connecticut Ave. NW)

Smith Commons (1245 H St. NE)

As the three-course lunch or dinner format doesn't suit all the businesses Johnson wanted to feature, foodies can also pick up a $10 passport at any Busboys and Poets location throughout the week to use for discounts (like 15 percent off your bill) at the below bars and restaurants:

Bin 1301 (1301 U St. NW)

Calabash Tea & Cafe (1847 7th St. NW)

Culture Coffee Too (300 Riggs Road NE)

DCity Smokehouse (203 Florida Ave. NW)

FishScale (637 Florida Ave. NW)

Hen Quarter (Multiple locations)

Ben's Next Door (1211 U St. NW)

Queeta's Palace Chateau Remix (3439 Benning Road NE)

Unconventional Diner (1207 9th St. NW)

On The Rocks (1242 H St. NE)

Ruby's Southern Kitchen (14207 Old Annapolis Road, Suite A, Bowie, Maryland)

Wicked Bloom Social Club (1540 North Capitol St. NW)

HalfSmoke DC (651 Florida Ave. NW)

Read more about DMV Black Restaurant Week here.

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