Diners Can Find Black-Owned Restaurants With This New Website
By Parker Diakite
With more than 2,000 restaurants on its online database, Edward Dillard is trying to make it easier for consumers to find and support black-owned restaurants.
EatBlackOwned.com was officially launched back in June 2019 and is an online database full of black-owned restaurants. From soul food, vegan, BBQ, seafood, Caribbean, and African cuisine, the website features a diverse inventory of eateries in any town.
“There’s only one thing that everyone in this world has in common: we all love great tasting food,” Dillard told the Charleston Chronicle. “I believe that if people have a place where they can find all the minority-owned restaurants in this country, more of us will start to support these small businesses. Ninety-three cents of every dollar spent by Black consumers produce no economic benefit for the Black community, as the dollar only circulates in the community for six hours.”
Data from the National Restaurant Association revealed that minority-owned businesses have grown phenomenally between 2007 and 2012 in 48 states.
According to Small Business Trends, the number of African-American-owned restaurants surged to 49 percent between 2007 and 2012.
It took Dillard nearly five months to research black-owned restaurants for the website. Once you type in your location, the data reveals the names, addresses, and phone numbers of each listing.
“I hope this website will get more people to support Black-owned businesses,“ Dillard said. “There’s a huge racial wealth gap in this country. We need to do everything we can to build ourselves up.”
If black-owned businesses would like to add a listing, they can do so by completing a form online, which asks for the name, location, contact information and other details of the restaurant. Company logos and images can also be added, along with a restaurant description.