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Richmond Black Restaurant Experience is Serving Up the Meals this Week

Richmond Black Restaurant Experience began as a celebratory week dedicated to supporting Richmond’s growing black culinary industry and tourism scene.

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Richmond Black Restaurant Experience officially kicked off yesterday with a collection of food trucks/vendors at Monroe Park. As usual, the event was very well-attended with long lines and vendors running out of some items.

Don’t worry though you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try your favorites or find a new favorite. This handylist of over 35 participating restaurants could serve as a cuisine roadmap.

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.