Black Restaurant Week Los Angeles starts today and runs through August 16. This annual spotlight on Black-owned restaurants is typically a big affair with talks, tastings, and outdoor events. COVID-19 put the brakes on these extra activities as the LA residents keep social distancing, and restaurants mostly stick to delivery and takeout.
Though modeled after events like Dine L.A., this year’s Black Restaurant Week is slightly different. Organizers waived the participation fee, so all revenue goes straight to the featured restaurants. Though some restaurants feature a prix fixe menu, most have the full menu for purchase like Crenshaw’s healthy Swift Cafe, barbecue from Inglewood’s Wood Urban Kitchen, or DTLA’s ABeautifulLife Jamaican cafe.
It’s challenging for any restaurant to operate during this time. Below is a selection of restaurants participating in Black Restaurant week.
A number of LA restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More