The Boston Black Restaurant Challenge returned on Monday, encouraging diners to order takeout or delivery from at least one Black-owned restaurant per week throughout February in honor of Black History Month.
“Despite Black-owned businesses being the backbone of our community, we know that Black-owned restaurants are significantly more likely to close down in their first year of operation,” state Rep. Chynah Tyler, who launched the initiative in 2018, shared in a newsletter Monday afternoon. “Through this challenge, it is my goal to expose you to some fantastic restaurants this month and to create year-round supporters [for] Black-owned restaurants across Boston.”
While previous years of the challenge encouraged dining at Black-owned restaurants, 2021’s iteration stresses takeout and delivery due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately affected Black and Latino communities.
In the video, Tyler is joined by state Rep. Brandy Fluker Oakley, as well as Segun Idowu, executive director of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts.
“We’re happy to be here today in Representative Fluker Oakley’s district at Café Juice Up,” Idowu said outside of the juice bar. “Black restaurants, Black food is the center of our community. It’s what brings us all together, and that’s why Black restaurants serve as the bedrock of our economy.”
While participating in the Boston Black Restaurant Challenge, diners are encouraged to tag @repchynahtyler and use the hashtag #blackrestaurantchallenge on social media. Tyler also released a list of suggested restaurants to visit — take a look at the list below, and be sure to check with each restaurant’s opening hours and takeout options, as operations may have shifted during the pandemic.
Cape Verde Taste
Down Home Delivery
Food for the Soul
Family Affair Restaurant & Catering
Island Style Jamaican Restaurant
Irie Jamaican Style Restaurant
JP Roti Shop
Juice and Jazz Cafe
Levi’s Restaurant and Lounge
M & M BBQ
Natif Natal Restaurant
Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor
One Family Diner
Only One Jamaican Restaurant
Raphael Caribbean Cuisine
Singh’s Roti Shop
Taste of Eden
Vaughan Fish & Chips
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