This Juneteenth, many cities around the United States are holding events to boost local Black-owned restaurants. After all, while interest in Black-owned restaurants spiked in June 2020 amid the George Floyd protests, Google Trends shows, it has fallen dramatically since. Additionally, Black business owners tend to be excluded from many of the events that aim to support local restaurant owners.
“When we looked at a lot of the formal restaurant weeks … we noticed a lot of businesses within our community really didn’t have involvement,” Falayn Ferrell, co-founder and managing partner of the organization Black Restaurant Week, told PYMNTS in a March interview. “So we wanted to create a platform to showcase who they were … as well as to create some economic stability in our communities.” MORE