In addition to restaurants, weeklong series highlights include food trucks, bakeries and bars, among other Black-owned ventures. BRW has spotlighted more than 3,000 restaurateurs, bartenders, chefs, caterers and food trucks since it was founded in 2016 by Warren Luckett, Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson, according to an April 3 press release.
One hundred local businesses are involved in BRW this year, including Fainmous BBQ, LA Burgers & Daiquiris, Wing Quarter Daiquiris & Creole Kitchen, Houston This is It Soul Food, Comfort Foodies, Peppax HTX, Dandelion Café, Trez Art & Wine Bar, Stuff’d Wings, and Taste of Nigeria.
“Since 2016, we aspired to set ourselves apart from similar organizations. BRW is solely guided by business owners and operators. They are in the trenches every day and experience the ebbs and flows of running a business during one of the most difficult periods in U.S. history,” said Ferrell, BRW's operations managing partner.
Two initiatives have been launched this year as a part of BRW's "More Than Just a Week" campaign: Á La Karte Shop, which is an online culinary marketplace selling Black-owned goods, and a national partnership with Stella Artois to host curated culinary events where dishes are paired with the Belgian beer.
Black Restaurant Week runs through April 16.