ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta Now News at 10) — It’s Black Restaurant Week in Atlanta, and the goal is to support local Black-owned businesses. Valencia Jones of Atlanta Now took us on a mouth-watering journey.
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“I just saw them in Atlanta Magazine and saw they had grouper on the menu and decided to try it today,” said customer Lisa Gilmore.
“Every type of ethnicity should be supported in every way possible,” said Payton Horton, another client.
“I always had the idea of having a very small brunch restaurant to honor my two grandmothers who passed away a few years ago,” said Tasha Belle, owner of Belle and Lily’s Caribbean Brunch House.
Its Caribbean origins can be seen directly in its selections of Caribbean dishes, including mango toast and whole fried snapper. “We have baked St. Lucian and salt fish, which is my absolute favorite,” she said.
Forks and flavors in Kennesaw also serves special dishes. Executive chef and co-owner David Wilmott said they started as a restaurant business in 2014. “In 2020 we decided to take that leap and open a restaurant,” he said.
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They serve a chicken and BLT waffles, ribs and grits, and other items that have been featured on the Food Network.
“Everything was delicious. The service was excellent,” said Leighann Kurth, one of many satisfied customers.
“One of the main items we sell here is our Korean Fried Shrimp. It’s amazing,” said co-owner Darnell Morgan. “Ninety percent of our bar is all black-owned brands,” he added.
Founders of Black Restaurant Week encourage businesses to offer special meals to boost sales, allowing them to hire more staff, grow and manage rising food costs.
“It’s an amazing organization to be able to put these restaurants on the map,” Wilmott said, also explaining how their employees are their biggest inspiration.
“It’s not hard to get out of bed, to make sure we’re doing what we’re doing to make sure they can get paid and we can provide a good vibe for our customers,” he said. he declares.
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Black Restaurant Week continues until Sunday, August 14. For a list of participating restaurants and more information, click here.