The Wilmington City Council, in partnership with the Office of Economic Development, announced the city’s first Black Restaurant Week (BRW) that would run alongside Wilmington HBCU Week, which is also taking place from September 17 through September 24.
The event seeks participants, including Black-owned food service providers, take-out restaurants, food vendors, casual dining, food trucks, and fine dining.
A City Council release stated that this event will work collaboratively and engage directly with local restauranteurs to gain feedback on how this event can support long-term growth and attract new patrons.
Interested Black restaurant owners can complete the Interest Form to learn more about BRW and register to participate in upcoming events.
Flux Creative Consulting is coordinating the event.
Restaurant owners can offer a special on their menus that will be advertised through various channels, register to participate in food vendor events happening alongside HBCU Week events, or elect to have their business listed on the BRW Passport, which rewards patrons for visiting multiple participating establishments during the week.
Residents and visitors in Wilmington can take part by attending special BRW events, purchasing BRW menu items, or dining out at restaurants listed on the BRW Passport.
City Council President Trippi Congo, who introduced the idea of having a BRW to his colleagues late last year said, “Our city has had some tough times these past few years. I’m happy to see that Wilmington is making a comeback, and Black Restaurant Week is a way to make sure that Black restaurant owners are a part of that growth.”