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DMV Black Restaurant Week
November 4, 2018 - November 11, 2018
The organizers of this new event—Georgetown University professor Erinn Tucker, bar consultant Andra Johnson, and food-service vet Furard Tate—aim not only to promote black-owned restaurants but also to educate and encourage potential business owners. Look for prix fixe menus and markdowns at restaurants such as the new Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge and Ben’s Chili Bowl, plus “ally restaurants” like Busboys & Poets and Unconventional Diner (prices vary). We talked to Johnson to learn more.
On why DC needs Black Restaurant Week:
“We ask people in the city, ‘What is your favorite black-owned restaurant?’ And it’s like a three-minute silence.”
On why there aren’t more black-owned restaurants in DC:
“The last 20 years, we’ve seen a mass exodus of middle-class blacks. They’re moving to PG County, Montgomery County, so if they are setting up shop, it’s not here in the District—because it’s expensive, but also because they are no longer based here.”
On the challenges she faces as a diner:
“You have to prove that you deserve to be in the building sometimes. There’s this [assumption] that I’ll always need help with the wine list. Things like that are sort of jarring.”
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