DC-Area Restaurants Supporting Black Lives Matter With Donations, Events, and Protest Supplies

Here's a list of active businesses—and ways you can help.

Seranata head bartender Andra Johnson organizes a "Back to Black" cocktail pop-up. Photograph by Rey Lopez

As demonstrations against institutional racism and police brutality grow in DC, many individuals and businesses are looking to help. That’s especially true in the hospitality industry. Here’s a running list of restaurants and bars donating proceeds to Black Lives Matter DC and other racial justice organizations; planning events in support of BLM; or providing protestors with food and supplies. 

We’ll continue to update this list.

Events and Ways to Donate 

1280 Fourth St., NE
The Afro-Latin-owned bar in La Cosecha food hall will support Black Lives Matter with a series of pop-ups through June. Partial proceeds from each benefit that and other racial justice organizations. Events include a Venezuelan vegan dinner on June 12 and 13 by chef Tatiana Mora; a “Bakers Against Racism” pastry sale from chefs Paola Velez and Willa Pelini on June 20; and a “Back to Black” bartending pop-up lead by Seranata head bartender—and DMV Black Restaurant Week—co-founder Andra (AJ) Johnson. See timing and pricing for each event here.

Tail Up Goat
1827 Adams Mill Rd., NW
On Thursday, June 11 the Adams Morgan restaurant will donate 100 percent of sales (food, beverage, and service fees) to nonprofit Campaign Zero. Customers looking to support the donation can schedule orders and pickups in advance. 

Beuchert’s Saloon
623 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
The Capitol Hill restaurant is featuring wines from Maison Noir, a black-owned winery in Oregon, and a portion of sales will be donated to Black Lives Matter DC. They’re also running a “BLM” cocktail special to-go (berry, lemon, mint) with Uncle Nearest whiskey for $11, $5 of which will be donated (Nearest is known as the first African American distiller). Those who order online can also donate to BLMDC.

South Block
Multiple area locations
The local juice and smoothie will donate 100 percent of sales from their acai bowl kits to  Color of Change.

Right Proper Brewing Company
624 T St., NW
The Shaw brewpub releases its new beer, #SayTheirNames, on Friday, June 5. All proceeds from sales will go to Black Lives Matter DC. Customers can order the beer online for pickup or delivery, or stop by the patio. It’s available by the large-format bottle, growler fill, or pint.

Protest Support

2309 18th St., NW
The majority woman-owned vegetarian restaurant in Adams Morgan is donating 10 percent of its proceeds to Black Lives Matter DC and offering free masks, water, charge cords, and bathrooms to protestors. It’s open from 4 to 8 PM.

Free State Bar
501 G St., NW
The downtown DC bar is donating 10 percent of its proceeds to Black Lives Matter DC and offering free masks to protestors who message the business. It’s open from 4 to 7 PM.

3155 Mount Pleasant St., NW
Mount Pleasant’s neighborhood Spanish restaurant is joining the growing number of DC businesses handing out free food and supplies to demonstrators. They’re also donating a portion of their proceeds for the month of June to Black Lives Matter DC.

Call Your Mother and Timber Pizza
The popular bagel and pizza shop are donating $6,000 to Black Lives Matter DC and Visit Lake Street, an urban redevelopment initiative in Minneapolis. CYM is also planning to hand out bagels to demonstrators.

Izakaya Seki
1117 V St., NW
The Shaw Japanese restaurant is preparing  on-the-go rice balls for protestors. Order in advance online. All proceeds go towards Freedom Fighters DC and Mutual Aid Movement DC.

1320 H St., NE
Protesters will be fueled with over 500 free sandwiches from the Burmese restaurant on H Street.

Red Bear Brewing
 209 M St., NE
The gay-owned brewery is gathering critical supplies for demonstrators at its NoMa shop, distributed by Freedom Fighters DC. Check their Instagram for drop-off times and to see what supplies are most needed.

Farm to Feast
The local catering company is making free sandwiches to hand out to protest participants. Those who want to volunteer to help can message the business on Twitter.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.