Black-Owned Restaurant Month is coming to New York City and offering prix fixe meals to patrons from Sept. 9 to Sept. 30 in New York City.
Launched by Genese Jamilah, the founder of “I Don’t Do Clubs,” a number of black-owned eateries across the city are participating and look to help bring more revenue into black communities.
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“I was raised to always support Black businesses by my parents,” said Jamilah. “This passion was reignited last year with the #NotOneDime campaign to boycott Black Friday purchases in protest of the grand jury decision not to press criminal charges against Darren Wilson for the shooting to death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.”
According to a The State of the African American Consumer report together with Nielsen, Black buying power is expected to exceed the $1.1 trillion mark this year, making them 16th largest in the country.
Their buying power is expected to increase to $1.7 million by 2017
Most of the restaurants are located in Harlem and around Brooklyn and they will offer $35 three-course dinners on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Some of the eateries are new venues founded as recently as 2014.
Jamilah has been promoting black-owned businesses throughout different cities and this summer launched a list for readers in New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta garnering over 300,000 readers in just a few months.
She plans on hosting Black-Owned Restaurant Month twice a year, during the fall and winter.
She is also the digital production manager of EBONY Magazine and plans to cover every city in the country to continue highlighting black-owned businesses.
I Don’t Do Clubs is an online resource for urban professionals who are looking for events beyond the nightclub scene.
Reservations for the restaurants can be booked starting today.
For a list of the restaurants go to: http://www.idontdoclubs.com/2015/08/11/black-owned-restaurant-month-nyc-participating-restaurants/