Support some of your favorite local restaurants + try out some new flavors during Black Restaurant Week!
Starting in Houston five years ago to highlight + support Black-owned restaurants in the community, Black Restaurant Weeks has made its way to St. Louis with the inaugural regional campaign for the Midwest. The regional campaign encourages folks to explore the flavors of the Midwest from July 24- August 2 in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Columbus + Dayton, Ohio. Participants can include restaurants, food trucks, caterers, and more. Check out their online directory for a list of spots participating around town.
We are lucky to have some amazing Black-owned restaurants right here on Cherokee Street (+ they’re all currently open for carryout!), including Teatopia, Burger 809, and our newest neighbors Jerk Soul.
Teatopia opened in 2017 and has been brewing better lives, one leaf at a time ever since. Teatopia has a vast tea collection and a curated food menu featuring healthy salads, wraps, and smoothies.
Burger 809 has been on Cherokee Street for a little over a year, but they’ll be celebrating their 5 year anniversary as a company in August! Burger 809 serves up daily specials to complement their smaller menu of sandwiches and salads, and of course, their signature sliders.
Jerk Soul moved to Cherokee Street in May after outgrowing its Hyde Park location in just 2 years. Jerk Soul combines Caribbean classics with comfort food in a merging of their backgrounds + family recipes.
Some other options for Black-owned restaurants to support not far from Cherokee include Lefty’s Fried Rice in Benton Park, Emmanuel’s Family Restaurant in Mount Pleasant and Juanita’s Creole Soul Cafe + Pies + Surprises opening August 1 in Dutchtown. And don’t forget the drinks! Our neighbors at St. Louis Hop Shop are ready to serve up some good beers via curbside pickup.
There’s no better time to support local restaurants as most are struggling due to COVID-19. This year’s Black Restaurant Weeks also plans to include business guidance through online educational events + resources for ongoing success along with expanding businesses’ customer bases.
So get out there + continue supporting your Cherokee Street favorites and try out some new spots!