April 2-16 is Black Restaurant Week in Houston, and seven Spring-area businesses are participating.

Since its founding in 2016, the campaign has supported more than 3,000 restaurateurs, bartenders, chefs, caterers and food trucks throughout the Greater Houston area, according to an April 3 news release from the organization.

In 2023, more than 100 local businesses will join the campaign—which is focused on restimulating local economies within the Black community by promoting Black-owned culinary businesses and professionals who cannot afford costly marketing, per the release.

The Black Restaurant Week organization was co-founded by Warren Luckett, Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson with hopes of celebrating African, African American and Caribbean cuisine.

Here are seven Black-owned restaurants in Spring participating in Black Restaurant Week:

1. GodFather's Pizza offers create-your-own and specialty pizzas available in six sizes, from mini to jumbo. The menu also features wings, salads, breadsticks and a variety of dessert options. The restaurant opened on Jan. 11, 2021.

5275 Louetta Road, Spring
2. The Greasy Spoon Soulfood Bistro serves Southern-American and Cajun cuisine at three brick-and-mortar locations and one food truck in the Greater Houston area. The restaurant’s menu boasts items like fried catfish, jambalaya pasta and oxtails.

636 Cypress Station Drive, Houston



3. John Henry’s Food Products was founded by its namesake—John Henry—who served as head of the culinary services department for the Houston Community College Systems, according to the business’s website. The store was founded in 2021 and sells meal kits, spices, sauces, coffee and grilling products.

603 Century Plaza Drive, Houston



4. Kimmy YumYum Kookies is a woman-owned virtual bakery that makes sweets available for nationwide shipping as well as for local delivery and pickup. Founded in June 2020, the bakery sells cookies in a variety of flavors, such as hot fudge sundae and red velvet Oreo. The business also offers brownies, pralines and clusters.



5. Komedy lounge—which opened in December 2020—is owned by Leonard and Tracey Hayes. The lounge offers a space where patrons can sip drinks, enjoy a meal while listening to live music or seeing a comedy show. The kitchen serves up gourmet dishes including brunch, steaks, pasta, salads and burgers, as well as cocktails named after famous comedians.

5060 FM 1960 W., Houston



6. Mardi Gras Madness is a Cajun and Creole restaurant. The business’s menu features items like catfish po’boys, stuffed baked potatoes and Yakamein, which is a beef noodle soup.

13075 Kuykendahl Road, Houston



7. Zaza Lounge is a bring-your-own-alcohol event lounge. The space serves hookah and has brunch and dinner menus. The lounge serves items like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and chicken wings.

6920 FM 1960 W., Houston



Asia Armour and Hannah Brol contributed to this report.