One of 22 local restaurants on board is brand new and has just opened in West Philadelphia – in the midst of an epidemic. Black Restaurant Week is a chance for everyone in the city to present their restaurant, and their dreams.”Everyone looked at us, ‘What are you doing? What are you thinking?” Because businesses everywhere were closing down, ”Jennifer K. Says Smith, CEO of Imperial Caribbean and Seafood.
Less than two months ago, in the midst of an epidemic, the Imperial Caribbean and seafood opened its doors, and it is the outdoor garden and cabana, in the center of the West Philadelphia Lancaster corridor.
“Our focus is on bringing really good food, comfort food and quality food to a neighborhood that is truly a food desert,” Smith said.
The owners had space, a dream to bring more jobs to that area and to the suffering industry.
“We really try to use the people of the neighborhood to work here because they know this neighborhood best,” Smith said.
The menu is inspired by his travels.
“Our motive is Caribbean seafood with soul,” she said.
There is also a twist in the food, such as jerk chicken lasagna. Step Blue Crab and Collard Greens are just a few of the dishes Imperial Black Restaurant has been serving for the week.
“We’re also going for some delicious honey jerk chicken, and rice and peas,” Smith said. “Our macaroni and cheese is ridiculous.”
The founders started Black Restaurant Week five years ago.
This year they are waiving participation fees, knowing that our small businesses now need our help more than ever.
Warren Luckett, founder of Black Restaurant Week, says, “On average, we see for most participants, participating in this campaign increases business by 20% to 25%.”
Imperial Caribbean and seafood also like the opportunity to celebrate the Black Cuisine.
“Especially in this neighborhood, we really want people to feel that our ethnicity matters, our culture matters, and it’s something that can be done well,” Smith says.
Black Restaurant Week runs until 25 October today. You can provide food to the person, but also get pickup or delivery deals through Black and Mobile, Doordarshan and Uber Eats.
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