The First Black Restaurant Week in Houston Kicks Off on April 3

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Black Restaurant Week in Houston runs from April 3 through April 10, and organizers want to encourage everyone to especially support African-American-owned businesses. The event is also a fundraiser. Fifteen percent of sales of special, multicourse prix fixe meals at each participating restaurant will go to Change Happens. The nonprofit organization runs several programs that include support services for the homeless, helping individuals locate affordable health coverage and facilitating HIV prevention programs.
Here’s the list of participating restaurants:

  • Lucille's, 5512 La Branch 
  • Café Abuja, 15015 Westheimer #C
  • Etta's Little Kitchen, Food Truck
  • Gatlin's BBQ, 3510 Ella 
  • Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack, 4529 Old Spanish Trail
  • Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana 
  • Calabash Island Eats, 1515 Pease 
  • Reggae Hut, 4814 Almeda 
  • Esther's Cajun Café, 5204 Yale 
  • d'Marco's Pizzeria, 11102 S. Highway 6, Suite 106, Sugar Land
  • Davis Street at Hermann Park, 5925 Almeda 
  • Prospect Park, 17776 Texas 249, #28b
  • Crave Seafood, 5887 Westheimer 
  • Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant, 6800 Southwest Freeway
  • Unwine on Almeda, 4420 Almeda
  • Scrappy Brown's, 4830 Almeda 

Black Restaurant Week menus are on the event website (although several still need to be added as of this writing). There are also a few special events, and a list of these is available online.

There is some confusion surrounding this event, as another organization called A Black Life says it was the first to develop the concept. An FAQ claims the event started in Washington, D.C., in April 2015 and was expanded to nine cities, including Houston, later that year.

However, an Internet search didn’t turn up any Black Restaurant Week events in Houston in 2015, so it seems safe to say that the event that starts next week is, in fact, the first time any Black Restaurant Week has happened in this particular city.

That said, A Black Life’s website says it's organizing one that will happen from April 17 to 23, and while that may cause some confusion, Houston certainly has more than enough diners to support multiple restaurant weeks. The list of participating restaurants for this other Black Restaurant Week is supposed to be posted on March 31.

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