How to Spend A Day In Black-Owned Indianapolis
By Rachel George
Earlier this year, Black Restaurant Week debuted in the Midwest highlighting black-owned businesses and restaurants in Indianapolis. It was a great way to attract local customers and spotlight the abundance of black excellence in the city. From a Mexican-fusion restaurant to murals of Jazz legends and African art, these are the black-owned spots to spend with.
Start your morning at Maxine’s.
The breakfast at Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles looks so tempting. The Chicken and waffles is a crowd-pleaser, along with their menu of other southern comfort foods that will remind you of Sundays at grandma’s house. Maxine’s is also available for catering in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.
Tour Indiana’s historical buildings and parks.
Visit the Landmark for Peace Memorial sculpture at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The monument was dedicated to the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative. It’s also the spot where Kennedy gave an impromptu speech about King’s death.
Freetown Village Living History Museum educates guests on African American history and culture through live art exhibits, educational workshops, and the collection of artifacts. Through community partnerships, Frederick Douglass Park offers a variety of programs for people of all ages.
Play some games and eat.
Lvl Up is a game lover’s dream. Business owners Tony Jones and Sami Ali created this dope space for gamers to meet, socialize, and play games together. The walls are lined with images of Pacman, Mario Kart, and Friends, Street Fighter, Sonic and more.
Enjoy Mexican fused lunch at Comida
Executive chef and co-owner of Comida, Lance George, whips up Mexican & BBQ cuisines inspired by a multitude of cultures. The restaurant has become the talk of the town since opening last February and featured on WISH-TV. They also host mini-concert series and live performances.
Experience African art at and murals of local Jazz legends.
Indiana Avenue Cultural District boasts a collage of local jazz musicians like Jimmy Coe, Slide Hampton, Wes Montgomery, and more. There’s a three-story mural along Massachusetts Ave in the arts district of renowned poet Mari Evans. Since opening in May, Kuaba Gallery has kept an ever-changing collection of African art, paintings, and sculptures like Martine Bachelart’s Riverwalk exhibit. Space is also available to book for music artist showcases and pop-ups.
Finish the night with live music and teatime.
Owned by former WBNA player Tamika Catchings, Tea’s Me Cafe hosts regular poetry readings, discussions, and live music performances while offering worldwide beverages for a premier tea experience. It’s a nice wind down from the day.