Detroit hosts first ever Black Restaurant Week

Posted at 6:05 PM, Aug 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-20 18:05:38-04, a duo comprised of Kwaku Osei-Bonsu and Lauren Bates, is hosting the first ever Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week beginning on Monday.

The week will launch what the duo hopes will be an everlasting amount of attention, loyalty and consistent patronage towards the 30 tentative participating establishments.

"This week is about giving people that live, work and play within these communities a chance to try something different and new that they may have never thought of trying before," Bates said.

Participating restaurants will fall within one of two categories - fine dining and casual dining. Fine dining establishments will offer an optional three-course lunch and a mandatory three-course dinner menu priced at $25 and $35, respectively.

Casual dining establishments will offer a consistent $15 menu item consistent of a main course, two sides and a beverage. Participating restaurants will be located within the Detroit city limits, as well as the surrounding suburbs of Royal Oak, Southfield, Ferndale, Farmington and Redford.

Osei-Bonsu said that "[he wants] people to understand that the color of the owner's skin doesn't determine the style of their cuisine, doesn't indicate a sub-par level of service and doesn't mean that only people of color are welcome to patronize."

Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week will kick off several events this fall and in the coming spring that highlight the black culinary scene in the metro Detroit area.

More information is available at, and all inquiries can be emailed to

Participating establishments are:

SavannahBlue, 1431 Times Square, Detroi
The Jamaican Pot, 14615 W 8 Mile Rd, Detroit
Ima, 2015 Michigan Avenue, Detroit
Detroit Vegan Soul, 8029 Agnes St. and 19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit
River Bistro, 18456 Grand River Ave., Detroit
Brix Wine & Charcuterie Bar, 7968 Kercheval Ave.,Detroit
Yum Village food truck, 1428 Van Dyke Rd., Detroit
Sweet Soul Bistro, 13741 W McNichols Rd., Detroit
1917 American Bistro, 19416 Livernois, Rd., Detroit
Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles, 19345 Livernois Rd., Detroit
Le Crepe, 317 S Washington Ave., Royal Oak