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Richmond Black Restaurant Experience is Back this Week

Forty restaurants throughout the city are participating this year.

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Richmond Black Restaurant Experience is your chance to get out there and support a local black-owned restaurant. Don’t see a favorite restaurant of yours on the list? Some restaurants choose not to participate. The reason varies but in the past, some restaurants have been overwhelmed by the attention and not been able to provide the level of service they strive to provide. If you attend one of these restaurants be patient if they are a little slower than normal or sold out. This event is about support not judging.

How do I participate?

1st: Plan out the restaurants you want to visit during RBRE. Of course, earlier in the week and off peak hours helps! Visit the EAT section of the website & click on the restaurant logos to check out the websites.

2nd: Have a meeting or an organization that needs catering? Go ahead and set that up now!

3rd: When using the delivery apps, look for a participating restaurants when ordering!

4th: Pack your patience! If you’re in a rush or on a schedule this may not be the week for you to visit. We all know the restaurant industry has taken a hit so please have patience with our people.

You can check out all the restaurants here.

The Richmond Black Restaurant Experience began as a celebratory week dedicated to supporting Richmond’s growing black culinary industry and tourism scene. It aims to counter economic disparity within Minority Owned businesses with interactive solutions that engage a deeper understanding of Richmond and its food culture.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

From 2017 – 2021, RBRE’s Marketing Campaign yielded + $1.7M in revenue for its participating network. As a results of the increased visibility and business growth, the organization of business owners have renovated their storefronts, upgrade technology, back office infrastructure, hire and train staff, and expanded their brick & mortar locations.

PHILANTHROPY & SERVICE

In our ongoing effort to assist in the sustainability of our RBRE participants, we’ve re-launched our 365 Giving campaign. We presented each of our brick & mortar business owners a $1000 grant during the summer of 2020 and $500 to each food truck operator and caterer, in December of 2020.

We have raised $20,000 over the past 4 years, RBRE select a local nonprofit as a direct benefactor to proceeds we earn though out the week. Those nonprofits have created community gardens, food resources to residents in the city who live in food insecure areas and scholarships to RPS students. For 2021, we want to offer a direct give to our network. The pandemic continues to impact our culinary community. It’s imperative that patrons continue to support, order, and encourage these establishments. We have waived all participation fees to past participants.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.