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Truck Driver Launches Website To Help Travelers Find Black Owned Restaurants

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Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road and the meal options can be hit or miss. The simple act (seemingly) of finding a seasoned piece of meat can turn into an adventure, when you’re away from home. Edward Dillard has been a truck driver for almost 15 years and in that time, he experienced his share of frustrations — supporting Black owned businesses is hard enough when you’re at home and that much more difficult, when on the road. Eat Black Owned is a new website designed to solve that very problem.

Dillard, according to Black Enterprise, spent five months researching various restaurants around the country. The process sort of reminds us of how the Green Book was formulated, which helped Black travelers identify safe eating and lodging options. He used YouTube and Google to educate himself on how to build a site for Eat Black Owned, which features more than 2,000 Black owned restaurants across the country. Everyone loves to eat and with each bite we take, we could recycle billions of dollars into the Black community, if we’re intentional about our spending. Dillard has created a platform to help Black consumers do just that. Every single address featured on the site, Dillard personally researched. Eat Black Owned was truly a labor of love.

For generations, Black people have given America its seasoning — quite literally. The American culinary experience is what it is today because of Black people. It stands to reason, then, that Black people today have a great deal to offer consumers with respect to dining. When viewed through that lens, supporting Black owned restaurants isn’t a charitable act but in fact a decision to eat the very best (and avoid unseasoned meat). Unlike in days past when the Green Book was necessary to avoid physical violence and terror, an eating guide today helps Black people and businesses stay alive, economically. Eat Black Owned is a fabulous platform that can help Black consumers fill their stomachs while filling our community with opportunity.

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D'Juan Hopewell
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    • The Christmas Contest for 2019………Well here is your chance to support a Black owned Business. This Link will take you to a Video which will explain the details about this Contest. Christmas is just around the corner and the nature of my business makes me start really early because it takes time to produce. CLICK THE LINK AND ENJOY THE MUSIC INFO AND AFTER IT IS DONE, ENTER YOUR NAME TO SECURE YOUR SPOT IN THE CONTEST.

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    • Thanks both of my boys are drivers and the are all over the place and any given time they love to eat something thats close to my eating or better …i would rather them eat right and healthy so they can do a great job. If we keep the mind and belly right and get enough sleep they will be better….so thank you very much

  1. Thanks because I travel a lot and often when I go into these mostly white towns and they have condescending attitudes I wonder what they are doing to my food

  2. This is a wonderful idea and would like for us to regenerate the green book because unfortunately it’s just as much needed today

  3. In Atlanta/Marietta/Smyrna there’s #AtlFusion a Black owned BBQ spot. It’s a nice family owned restaurant that stays open late and the owners are from the Midwest and they start smoking the meat early in the morning hours, so you know it’s good. Chef Mark Davis does not disappoint with the food and wife Marci does not disappoint with the great customer service

  4. Excellent idea I did see a few places I’m familiar with. I added to my cell. I hope this can be an app. Thanks for writing on this needed topic.

  5. Great idea to have direct information
    to Restaurants that specializes in special kind of food that you really crave away from home. People are always looking for home cooked food, Thanks for sharing!!

  6. The Almanett Hotel & Bistro, 1514 18th Avenue, Gulfport, MS, downtown just off the beach, is Black family owned and operated since 2010. The hotel is open daily and the bistro Wed-Sun. Food is homemade from scratch with specials on weekends of farmed raised Delta chicken.

  7. CONGRATS…In Kznsas City, Kznsas near 76th & Stste ave. Two rest. ELEVATE (soul food) and across the street near PRICE CHOPPERS,grocery store is,BIG EYES FISH AND SHRIMP ….the bomb.

  8. Where’s a location in downtown Indianapolis? No sweet tea and no seasoning on their food, but I love downtown Indy. That’s my only problem when we visit.

  9. Lol. Who’s being discriminated against now? I’m African American and I would just as soon eat at a so called White restaurant as a black owned restaurant. But holler discrimination if a cacasion posted such a website.

    • Why even post if
      You have a problem with this site… GOOD FOR YOU that you will buy from non black. I’m thinking that we all would do so at some point. However, we that choose to support OUR OWN appreciate being informed of those businesses, so that we can do so. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, WHAT BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES DO YOU KNOW OF THAT YOU SUPPORT (if any)?

    • Asians buy Asian. Jews buy Jewish. Indians buy Indian. But the second that Black people decide to support their own, it’s a problem for some people.

      If you don’t want to support Black-owned restaurants, that’s fine. But are you sure that Becky isn’t spitting in your soup?

  10. Good Morning. I’m a small black owned business. Sweet Mama’s Mambo Sauce and would love any and all support. You can find my products on Amazon. Just put in Sweet Mama’s Mambo Sauce. I have 6 flavors. Original, Spicy, Maryland Bohemian Bay style, Rag’n Island (pineapple and habanero) Mariachi Mango (mango and chipotle) and Spirited Spicy Cranberry (cranberry and cayenne)

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