New event Black Restaurant Week spotlights Black-owned restaurants in Orlando and Tampa Bay

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Photo courtesy Kalalou Caribbean Bar and Grill/Facebook
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Black Restaurant Week, which started last week and runs through Dec. 6, highlights Black-owned businesses, and for the first time, a Florida edition (Florida Black Restaurant week, FBRW) is focusing on venues across the Sunshine State — including quite a few here in Orlando.

In addition to shining a light on Florida’s Black-owned kitchens — including restaurants in Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville — FBRW co-founder Derek Robinson told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the event also features virtual events and conferences to help Black entrepreneurs expand their businesses.

“No one else is doing it and that’s exactly what we’re doing. There hasn’t really been a voice for the Black culinary space from bartenders to caterers,” Robinson explains.

Black Restaurant Week follows federal, state and local COVID-19 rules and regulations. Delivery and/or pickup are highly recommended. You can find the complete list of restaurants participating in Florida Black Restaurant Week via Local restaurants participating in Orlando and nearby Tampa Bay include:

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A version of this story first appeared on our sister paper's site, Creative Loafing Tampa.

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