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Meet The Founder Of The First Black Woman-Owned Creative Daiquiri And Margarita Bar In Houston, Texas

Miyosha Weston, a dedicated wife, mother, sister, and daughter, is the first Black woman in history to own a creative daiquiri and margarita bar in Southeast Houston. Her establishment is called My Famous Daiq’s and Dogs and as the name indicates, it also includes a Gourmet Chili Hotdog stand.

With a journey marked by diverse business adventures and 33 years of corporate experience, Miyosha brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her latest venture. Her story is not just about entrepreneurship; it is a narrative of resilience, continuous learning, and the pursuit of excellence.

While establishing her groundbreaking business in 2021, Miyosha decided to go back to school, not only to learn the intricacies of running a business but also to master the art of building and leading a team. This commitment culminated in Miyosha achieving her Master’s in Human Resource Management, a testament to her dedication to personal and professional growth.

“Pouring into my business means investing in people,” she expresses. “I am firm about building a great team, and my education in Human Resource Management equips me to create an environment where everyone can thrive.”

My Famous Daiq’s and Dogs stands as a beacon of Miyosha’s innovative spirit, offering handcrafted daiquiris and margaritas alongside a Gourmet Chili Hotdog stand. She invites the community to join her in celebrating the Anniversary event on May 1, 2024, where guests can experience the unique blend of flavors and witness the manifestation of Miyosha’s entrepreneurial vision.

About the Owner
Miyosha Weston is a visionary entrepreneur, wife, mother, sister, and daughter, with a rich background in corporate America and a supportive family, for 33 years. Her journey includes diverse business ventures, and she is now celebrated as the first woman Black-owned creative daiquiri and margarita bar owner, complemented by a Gourmet Chili Hotdog stand in Southeast Houston. She shares her success with her husband Jacie Weston, Jr., and two children Jordon and Miyah.

About the Business
With an impressive selection of over 150 mixed creations, this innovative bar promises a one-of-a-kind journey through the world of tantalizing flavors. Unlike any other daiquiri and margarita bar, My Famous Daiq’s and Dogs has a two-lane drive-thru for those customers who choose to drive and keep going. This bar is a haven for enthusiasts seeking a diverse walk-up, drive-thru, and extensive menu. From classic favorites to bold and inventive concoctions, patrons can embark on a flavor adventure curated to satisfy every palate including flavors for the non-drinker. The bar boasts not only an extensive daiquiri and margarita selection but also features a Gourmet Chili Hotdog stand, adding a savory twist to the overall experience.

Be sure to follow My Famous Daig’s and Dogs on Facebook and Instagram.

For press inquiries, contact 281-532-6457 or myodogs@gmail.com

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67 Black-Owned Restaurants, Food Businesses, More In Greater Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — February is Black History Month, so there’s no better time to highlight the BIPOC-owned restaurants in the Northeast Ohio food scene.

From bakeries to bars and everything in between, Greater Cleveland has a growing number of Black-owned food businesses. To inspire you to try some new-to-you places, here are 67 Black-owned restaurants and food businesses in Northeast Ohio.

31707 Urban Street Food

4812 Turney Rd., Garfield Heights

31707 Urban Street Food serves breakfast and lunch that’s full of knockout ingredients. Red velvet chicken and waffle sliders, French Toast Philly sandwiches and stuffed egg rolls are just a few specialities on the menu.

5 Points Grill

239 Richmond Rd., Richmond Heights

5 Points Grill specializes in an upscale bar and grill menu, with signature items like Cajun chicken rolls, lobster alfredo, smoked BBQ turkey ribs and more. The lively bar also has a fun cocktail menu and often hosts events like karaoke nights.

Academy Tavern on Larchmere

Academy Tavern

12800 Larchmere Ave., Cleveland

Academy Tavern has been around since 1939, making its one of Cleveland’s oldest restaurants. The bar and grill menu is classic with burgers, wings, beer and the basics.

Adun Spice Company at Van Aken District is celebrating one year in retail space. (Photo by Paris Wolfe)

Adun Spice Co.

Online business

Adun Spice Co. creates some of the most interesting spice blends on the market, and it’s a locally-owned business. The brand also sells salts and herbs that can become basic staples to liven up your spice cabinet.

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Akron Honey

Online business and available in local stores

Akron Honey is not your average honey. With flavors like Bourbon Barrel or Habanero Hot, it’s hard not to keep Akron Honey on hand, especially considering it’s sold at many local stores.

RELATED: Akron Honey expands its hive

Angie’s Soul Food restaurant on Carnegie is one of hundreds of Black-owned businesses in Greater Cleveland. (Annie Nickoloff, cleveland.com)

Angie’s Soul Cafe

7815 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland; 16906 Harvard Ave., Cleveland; 23041 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights

Angie’s Soul Cafe has been around since the 1980s. With three remaining locations in Northeast Ohio, Angie’s is a reliable staple for soul food like baked chicken, fried catfish, candied yams and more.

Archie’s Hough Bakery

3365 Richmond Rd., Beachwood

Archie’s Hough is a legendary bakery in Cleveland that is a part of its culinary history. From a basic sugar cookie to Archie Hough’s famous lemon coconut cake, you can’t go wrong ordering whatever comes fresh out of the ovens at the bakery.

Bake at 350 Bakery

Mobile business in Copley

Bake at 350 is a mobile cookie business with an adorable “Suga Bus” that sells locally when the weather is nice. Aside from cookie orders for events, the bakery sells decorated and traditional cookies to make any day a special occasion.

Beckham’s B&M Bar-B-Que

21921 Miles Rd., North Randall; 23840 Broadway Ave., Bedford

The classic Southern recipes that make up the menu at Beckham’s B&M have been a part of the family’s Cleveland-area restaurants for decades. From chicken and shrimp to rib tips and brisket, the two locations serve every entree of a barbecue lover’s dreams.

Big Eu’es BBQ

1730 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls

Big Eu’es is another beloved BBQ restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls with all of the meat a carnivore could want. Aside from ribs and wings, the menu features underrated items like fried bologna sandwiches and Kool-Aid pie.

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Bite Creole Kitchen

4262 Monticello Blvd., South Euclid; 30480 Lakeshore Blvd., Willowick

Bite Creole Kitchen has two locations to try its Cajun comfort food. Fried seafood packs, Northern gumbo, Po Boys and more make up the menu.

The Taste of Black Cleveland 5.0 returned to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Thursday night, August 10, 2023, featuring more than 20 restaurants and mixologists. Each restaurant showcased one or two of their specialties for the guests to sample and vote on. Black Box Fix had Jerk Chicken Rasta Pasta and Snack Daddy Catfish Sliders. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.comDavid Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

Black Box Fix

25359 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst

Black Box Fix turns street food and humble sandwiches into gourmet meals at its Legacy Village location. A few stand-out menu items include a Turf and Surf Philly, Rasta Pasta, and Seafood Stoner loaded fries.

Black Crab Fam

Mobile business in Shaker Heights

Black Crab Fam is a mobile seafood business based out of Shaker Heights. Typically offerings include crab, lobster, shrimp, potatoes and corn loaded in signature sauces, but the Instagram page also showcases other limited-time specials.

Bratenahl Kitchen

14002 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland

Bratenahl Kitchen specializes in Jamaican comfort food like jerk chicken, curry shrimp, oxtails, beef patties and more. The side dishes are just as exciting as the mains, with options like plantains, cabbage, mac & cheese and more.

Brown’s Corner Restaurant

14511 Miles Ave., Cleveland

Brown’s Corner Restaurant has been around since the 1980s, serving up homestyle dishes for breakfast and lunch. The no-frills restaurant feels like home, especially with classics like pancakes and Polish boys.

Brunch’Ology

277 Northfield Rd., Bedford

Another breakfast joint worth checking out is Brucnh’Ology in Bedford. The menu is full of inventive dishes including a brunch version of a Polish boy or the Sweet Savory and Sticky, which is fried chicken dunked in hot honey and served in between Texas French toast.

RELATED: Highest-rated brunch restaurants in Cleveland, according to Tripadvisor

Choukouya Restaurant and Bar

4620 Richmond Rd., Warrensville Heights

Choukouya Restaurant and Bar is a rare gem in Northeast Ohio, serving a traditional West African menu. It’s the kind of place to take a large group and order one of everything on the menu.

Cleveland Breakfast Club

13228 Shaker Sq., Cleveland

Cleveland Breakfast Club takes the most important meal of the day seriously with its seasonal and locally sourced breakfast and lunch menu. The Shaker Square restaurant is a friendly place to enjoy dishes like pancake flights, shrimp and grits and more.

Cleveland Cold Brew Coffee is closing its doors but will maintain a business presence through online and other options, owner Karen Ross tells us.

Cleveland Cold Brew

Mobile business

Cleveland Cold Brew sells its unique cold brew concentrate flavors both online and in local stores. The local business also can be found selling its carefully crafted coffee drinks at events around Greater Cleveland.

CMB Soul Food

12503 Union Ave., Cleveland

CMB Soul Food is a reliable pickup option for stuffed potatoes, wings, burgers and beyond. The menu has a bit of everything, but the chicken and steak potato is a solid place to start.

RELATED: Top soul food restaurants in Greater Cleveland

The exterior of DeJuan’s at 1 W. Exchange Street in Akron. Alex Darus, cleveland.com

DeJuan’s

1 W. Exchange St., Akron

DeJuan’s made history in 2023 for becoming the first Black-owned fine dining restaurant in Akron. The upscale bar and restaurant serves hearty meals like steamed King Crab legs and bone-in ribeye steaks.

Double Nickel

1852 E. 6th St., Cleveland

Double Nickel is an even space/restaurant specializing in breakfast and lunch downtown. The restaurant often hosts fun events like “Rhythm and Brunch” with live music and brunch food.

Ed & Bert’s Smokehouse

28 2nd. St. SE, Massillon

Ed & Bert’s Smokehouse serves up soul food classics like fried pork chops, banana pudding and more. The restaurant also offers different daily specials that are always authentic home-cooked recipes.

Ela’s Caribbean Grill

1237 E. 305th St., Willowick

Ela’s Caribbean Grill is another Jamaican restaurant and food truck out of Willowick. The menu features signature items like jerk wings, curry goat and red beans and rice.

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Fawaky Burst

1750 Ansel Rd., Cleveland; 13010 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland

Fawaky Burst is a vegan-friendly smoothie and raw juice bar with a few locations in Greater Cleveland. The stores also sell sea moss gel, juice cleanses and other health food products.

Filter

740 W. Superior Ave., Cleveland

Filter provides an upscale dining experience downtown with dinner and brunch menus that are equally as elevated. Popular dishes include fried lobster and waffles, glazed lamb chops and crab cakes.

Floods Urban Seafood Lounge

4353 Northfield Rd., Warrensville Heights; 77 Westgate Plaza, Akron

Floods has a couple of locations in Northeast Ohio selling seafood, wing and more. The restaurant doubles as a bar and lounge.

Sweet potato and pecan pie made by Frederick’s Wine & Dine. (Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer) Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer

Frederick’s Wine and Dine

22005 Emergy Rd., Warrensville Heights

Frederick’s is a choice wine bar and restaurant with high-end comfort food. From fish your way to Surf and Turf, Frederick’s is a great date-night spot.

Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant

Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant

16860 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant serves authentic East African cuisine in Cleveland. The dishes match the ethos of the restaurant with shared plates, often featuring injera bread.

RELATED: Habesha bringing Ethiopian and Eritrean dining to Cleveland’s Kamm’s Corners

House of Creole

668 Euclid Ave. Unit 2, Cleveland

House of Creole specializes in Cajun cuisine for its dinner and weekend brunch menu. Loaded gumbo, fried green tomatoes and char-broiled oysters are just a few of the flavor-filled options on the menu.

Curry chicken bowl – with rice & peas, cabbage, plantains, and mango salsa is $8.75 at Irie Jamaican Kitchen located at 4162 Pearl Road in Old Brooklyn. Two other locations at 621 East 185th St. and on 837 W. Market St. in Akron. – Photo taken by Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland.com

Irie Jamaican Kitchen

4162 Pearl Rd., Old Brooklyn; 837 W. Market St., Akron; 621 E. 185th St., Euclid; 16600 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights

Irie Jamaican Kitchen is a local Jamaican food restaurant group with several locations and growing in Northeast Ohio. It’s a fast-casual staple for jerk chicken bowls, oxtail plates and rasta pasta.

RELATED: Celebrate the flavors of the islands –with a twist — at Irie Jamaican Kitchen: Cleveland’s Best Caribbean Restaurants

It’s A Must Cafe Feat. 21+

9812 Garfield Blvd., Garfield Heights

It’s a Must Cafe serves up dream street food and liquor-infused popcorn at its unique restaurant. It’s one of the few places with treats like funnel cakes, Flamin Hot wing dings and root beer floats whenever the mood strikes.

Magna Wine Boutique

661 Broadway Ave., Bedford; 2115 Front St. Ste A, Cuyahoga Falls

Magna Wine Boutique features two locations with a tasting room and event space aside from its regular market. It’s a great place for wine lovers to try something new while supporting a locally-owned business.

RELATED: Magna Wine Boutique launches its own line of wine

Momo’s Restaurant

742 E. 185th St., Cleveland

Momo’s Restaurant doubles as a family-friendly lounge space with food that tastes home-cooked. Fried salmon tenders, dirty fries and loaded mashed potatoes are just a few of the comforting dishes Momo’s specializes in.

Muncheez

24676 Euclid Ave., Euclid; 12306 Buckeye Rd., Cleveland; 4205 Lee Rd., Cleveland

Muncheez sells its traditional twist on street food at its three Northeast Ohio locations. They’re best known for their loaded Dirty Fries, but fish dinners, burgers, wraps and more make up the menu.

Nephew’s Restaurant

1675 Diagonal Rd., Akron

Nephew’s is a longstanding Akron institution serving barbecue and beyond for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ribs, shrimp Po Boys, chicken gizzards and beyond make up the menu.

No Fork’s Mini Donut Burger Slider and Fried Salmon Tenders. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.comDavid Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

No Fork

3365 Richmond Rd., Beachwood

No Fork is another beloved spot for burgers, sandwiches, wraps and more. The Beachwood restaurant also has a robust breakfast menu.

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Original Grill Restaurant and Lounge

17406 Saint Clair Ave., Cleveland

Original Grill is a classic bar and restaurant with a lively vibe. The menu features classics like fried fish dinners, Polish boys and more.

Crispy Chicken Sandwich (Photo by Brenda Cain, cleveland.com)

Pearl’s Kitchen

11038 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland; 1 Center Court, Cleveland

Pearl’s Kitchen serves its take on comfort food at both Case Western Reserve University and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Crispy chicken sandwiches, salmon BLTs and chili cheese nachos are just a few favorites.

RELATED: Travel and Leisure magazine includes Cleveland on best food cities ranking

Roaming Meals

794 E. 185th St., Cleveland

Roaming Meals started as a mobile business turned classic restaurant on Cleveland’s East Side. The store specializes in Gushburgers, or burgers loaded with cheese inside. The menu features other great lunch options from sandwiches to nacho fries.

Sam Sylk’s Chicken and Fish

3761 Lee Rd., Cleveland; 4122 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid; 22295 Euclid Ave., Euclid; 21300 Libby Rd., Maple Heights; 4259 Fulton Ave., Cleveland

Sam Sylk’s Chicken and Fish has several Greater Cleveland locations for classic fried food. From catfish to shrimp to chicken wings, the restaurant chain has it all with the comfort food sides to complement.

Sauce The City, known for its Hot Cleveland chicken sandwich and gourmet trimmings.

Sauce the City

14480 Cedar Rd., University Heights; 2130 E. 9th St., Cleveland

Sauce the City has two locations, one recently opening in Re:Bar downtown, for its cult-favorite fried chicken. Saucy chicken sandwiches, wings, slushies and sides make up the majority of the menu at both locations.

RELATED: Sauce The City, known for its Hot Cleveland chicken sandwich, opens Feb. 28 in University Heights

Smoky Sweet Soul

Mobile business

Smoky Sweet Soul is a local BBQ/soul fusion catering company with its own flare. Menu items like the Bacon Burger Dog (a beef frank wrapped in ground beef, cheese and bacon) or scalloped apples are as tasty as they are memorable.

Squash The Beef

1400 E. 105th St., Cleveland

Squash the Beef offers comfort food for those following a vegan diet at its East Side restaurant. Plant-based burgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese and more are anchors on the menu.

Heather and Jason Brooks, the owners of Sweet Pork Wilson’s in Cleveland. Alex Darus, cleveland.com

Sweet Pork Wilson’s

11634 Madison Ave., Cleveland

One of the West Side’s newest barbecue restaurants is the family-owned Sweet Pork Wilsons. The slow-smoked menu includes wings, brisket, ribs, chicken Philly sandwiches and more.

RELATED: Sweet Pork Wilson’s smokes Cleveland-style barbecue at new neighborhood hangout

SwerveGrille

270440 Cedar Rd., Beachwood

SwerveGrille is located at the Vantage in Beachwood for a fun drink and dinner any night of the week. The bar and restaurant serves entrees like honey-glazed salmon, jumbo shrimp and grits, burgers and more.

Taste of Jamaica

5104 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst

Another reliable Jamaican restaurant is Taste of Jamaica in Lyndhurst. Brown stew chicken, curry goat, steamed red snapper, patties and more make up the menu, each bursting with luscious spice and flavor.

The Breakfast Bo’

1624 Copley Rd., Akron

The Breakfast Box serves up morning meals designed to make you feel comforted and full. The menu includes loaded French toast breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, shrimp and grits and more.

The Crispy Chick

5618 Woodland Ave., Cleveland

The Crispy Chicken makes some of the tastiest fast-casual fried chicken in Cleveland. The menu includes basics like chicken sandwiches, tenders and fries that always hit the spot.

The Four Bistro and Wine Bar

4450 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid

Another Euclid-based spot for dinner and a glass of wine is The Four. The restaurant has an entire menu for lovers of Alfredo sauce, alongside wraps, flatbreads and burgers.

Shawnda Moye of Roaming Biscuit. (Photo by Paris Wolfe)

The Roaming Biscuit

1418 W. 29th St., Cleveland; 3615 Superior Ave., Cleveland

The Roaming Biscuit is one of Cleveland’s most beloved brunch options for a reason. The shop specializes in homemade biscuits with toppings that range from simple butter to a loaded bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.

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The Rib Cage

2214 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights; 1834 W. 25th St., Cleveland

BBQ lovers also need to add The Rib Cage to their must-try list, especially since there are two locations in Ohio City and Cleveland Heights. The classic barbecue menu features a few distinct dishes like Cajun alligator tail bites and “Stupid Fries” topped with baked beans, slaw, meat and cheese.

Samples of the Sweet Fix Bakery peach cobbler and Atlantic beach pie. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.comDavid Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

The Sweet Fix Bakery

2307 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

The Sweet Fix Bakery in Cleveland Heights offers traditional treats like pie, cake, brownies and beyond. The bakery also takes catering and delivery orders.

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Samples of the Vegan Club Crab Cakes made with artichokes and hearts of palm. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.comDavid Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

The Vegan Club

13114 Shaker Square, Cleveland

The Vegan Club makes plant-based food that you don’t even realize is vegan because each dish is so full of flavor. It’s vegan food you won’t find anywhere else like vegan “crab” fries or pecan vegan bolognese.

The Vegan Doughnut Company

14811 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Another great vegan option for sweets is the Vegan Doughnut Company in Lakewood. The inventive doughnuts come in flavors like cookie butter, creme brulee, strawberry milkshake and more.

The Hough neighborhood in Cleveland is home to some of the city’s most prominent history. The Vineyards and Winery at Chateau Hough produces a handful of wines from grapes grown at the urban garden. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.comDavid Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

The Vineyards and Winery at Château Hough

1650 E. 66th St., Cleveland

The Winery at Chateau Hough is a pioneering urban winery and vineyard that offers tastings and tours by appointment. Not only are the wines tasty, but the rich history taught during the tours is more than worth the visit. They also sell wines by the bottle online and on location.

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UJerk

850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

UJerk sells Caribbean food from Jamaican jerk chicken to shrimp and crab sliders. Jerk fries, fried plantains and rasta pasta are also must-try menu items.

The UnBar in Larchmere is an alcohol-free place to gather and unwind — hence the name. Both Larchmere and Shaker Square neighborhoods, which border Shaker Heights, are known for great eats and unique shops. Julie E Washington, cleveland.com

Unbar Cafe

12635 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland

Unbar is all of the fun of a bar without the alcohol. The bar and restaurant has a robust drink menu featuring coffee, smoothies and refreshers.

Urbean Joe Coffee

Online business

Ubrean Joe is another Cleveland-based coffee business that’s been around for more than a decade. The local brand sells both bagged beans and K-cups for Keurig machines.

Vegan Vybez

Mobile business

Vegan Vybez is a local catering and weekend-delivery food service specializing in plant-based Afro-Panamanian/Afro-Caribbean cuisine. Menu items include vegan chorizo black bean burgers, baked plantains stuffed with “beef,” fried vegan “codfish,” and more.

The production of Wake Robin fermented foods in Cleveland.

Wake Robin Fermented Foods

Available in local stores

Wake Robin is a locally-made fermented foods business selling items like kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut and more. The company prioritizes economic development for East Cleveland, zero waste production and utilizing local produce as much as possible.

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Warehouse Fish & Chicken

4265 Monticello Blvd., South Euclid

Warehouse Fish & Chicken is a South Euclid staple for fried chicken, fish, burgers and more. The restaurant’s sides include Southern staples like hush puppies and fried okra.

Whitmore’s BBQ

20209 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Heights

Whitmore’s BBQ is one of the oldest black-owned restaurants in Cleveland serving barbecue and more. The expansive menu features usual suspects like ribs and wings with sides like greens, slaw and French fries.

Yonder Brunch and Vibes

3859 Superior Ave., Cleveland

Yonder Brunch and Vibes lives up to its name with fun breakfast menu items like French toast and waffles coated in cereals like Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The sandwich-heavy menu features lunch options like Philly subs or smash burgers.

YumVillage

2215 Chester Ave., Cleveland

YumVillage makes fulfilling Afro-Caribbean meals and fresh juices at its Cleveland location, with two more in Detroit. Bowls, sandwiches and salads are loaded with bright ingredients like ginger curry chickpeas, yam stew, or sweet and spicy plantains.

Zanzibar Soul Fusion in Shaker Square. (Peggy Turbett/ The Plain Dealer)Peggy Turbett

Zanzibar

627 Prospect Ave. E, Cleveland; 13225 Shaker Square #2314, Cleveland

Zanzibar has two locations serving its elevated version of soul food like turkey chops or salmon croquettes. The restaurant group was recently repurchased by its original owner, with a focus on consistency and service.

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Zoma Ethiopian Restaurant brings the rich, diverse and spicy cuisine of the African nation to Cleveland Heights.The Plain Dealer

Zoma Cleveland

2240 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

Zoma serves authentic Ethiopian food in an environment that’s as comforting as the food. Aside from its robust menu that caters to both meat eaters and vegans, Zoma’s wine collection includes bottles of Ethiopian honey wine.

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Black Owned Restaurants In Boston

Photograph: Courtesy Emily Kan Photography

Support our local black-owned businesses by visiting one of these restaurants

The Hub is fortunate enough to have an award winning roster of Black-owned eateries shining within our local dining scene, and we want to celebrate them. With menus that showcase cuisines spanning the globe⁠—from African and Caribbean, to Southern soul and French⁠—we’ve gathered up the best Black-owned restaurants in Boston for you to support. Once you’ve had your fill of spectacular food from these spots, also be sure to support other cultural communities by frequenting establishments like the best Chinese and best Mexican restaurants around.

The best Black-owned restaurants in Boston

Estella

Owner Helder Brando opened Estella, inspired by his mother, the restaurant’s namesake, and her passion for good food. The upper level of the restaurant gives guests an intimate space to enjoy a great meal with friends and loved ones. But the street level bar area and the basement level lounge bring a much-needed vibrancy to Boston night life. On a busy night you can find the amazing team at Estella whipping up craft cocktails among the buzzing crowd. Estella frequently features live music and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights to get the party going.

MIDA

Italian for “he gives me,” the food at Mida is truly a gift to the city from chef-owner Douglass Williams. Recently named one of the top 10 Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine, he draws on Italian influences for dishes such as handmade gnocchi cacio e pepe, short rib lasagna and North Shore fritto misto, and with three locations – the South End, Newton and Eastie – there’s no excuse not to indulge. The wine and cocktail lists are on point, with lots of Northern Italian vintages that pair well with your meal.

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Comfort Kitchen

One of the most exciting restaurants opening in Boston in 2023, Dorchester’s Comfort Kitchen has already received a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant. Chef Kwasi Kwaa runs a busy kitchen serving food from across the African diaspora, serving dishes like Senegalese yassa chicken and jerk jackfruit sliders, to a packed house every night. The bar program is next level as well, sip the sumac sour or bodega daiquiri to kick off your meal.

Grace by Nia

This 5,000-square-foot dining and entertainment venue in the Seaport, from Darryl’s Bar and Kitchen (currently undergoing a revamp) owner Nia Grace, is one of our top spots of 2023. The restaurant includes a stage and lounge on the main floor, and even more seating adjacent. The hotspot brings nightly live music to the Seaport, along with dishes like oxtail grits, carrot cake chicken and waffles and more comfort classics.

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DW French

Mida chef-owner Douglass Williams added a new restaurant to his portfolio in 2023, DW French, a Fenway brasserie inspired by his personal culinary journey, woven with the rich legacy of Paris. Inspired by American creatives who thrived in the City of Light, then brought that inspiration back stateside, kicking off the Harlem Renaissance. It’s this rich history, and Williams’ attention to detail that make DW French so special. There’s also the remarkable food, with the beef bourguignon sandwich being a special standout, along with the DW French onion soup.

M&M BBQ

Nestled in the airy Dorchester Brewing Company’s building, M&M has been a Black owned business since 1982. Founded by Marion and Maurice Hill, the business is operated by their grandson, Geo Lambert, who took over about ten years ago. Grab a beer and a spot on the sunny roofdeck, and order one of M&M’s honey hot chicken sammies or a half a rack of ribs meal and count your blessings both businesses are under one roof right here in Boston.

Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

There are only a handful of Black-owned vegan restaurants in America, and we’re lucky enough to have one right here in Dorchester. Owners Jahriffe Mackenzie and Nahdra Ra Kiros serve up healthy African couscous and grain bowls, stews and wraps, along with made-to-order drinks from their juice bar, all ready for takeout from Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor. There’s an amazing melty vegan mac ‘n cheese pie, and the curry chickpea stew is not to be missed.

Blue Nile Restaurant

Visit Blue Nile for the house-made honey wine, but stay for the expertly scratch-made Ethiopian cuisine that appeals to vegans, vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. This intimate eatery in Jamaica Plain does a stand-out take-out business (with the long lines to prove it). You’re encouraged to dive into the dishes with your hands, but, of course, forks and knives are available.

D Coal Pot

Head to Hyde Park for the best Trinidadian style takeout you can get without going to the islands. The Caribbean restaurant serves all styles of roti, from chicken to beef to veggie, bake and saltfish (salted and dried codfish), pholourie (crunchy fried balls of dough) and weekly specials like bake and shark. Visit D Coal Pot for lots of goodies hard to find elsewhere in the area. 

Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor

This amazing restaurant is one of the best vegan restaurants in Boston, hands down. Owners of Oasis, Jahriffe Mackenzie and Nahdra Ra Kiros serve up healthy African couscous and grain bowls, stews and wraps, along with made-to-order drinks from their juice bar, all ready for takeout from Oasis Vegan Veggie Parlor. There’s an amazing melty vegan mac ‘n cheese pie, and the curry chickpea stew is not to be missed.

Bred Gourmet

A top contender for the best handhelds in Boston, this small burger bar in Lower Mills serves grass-fed Maine beef patties piled-high with toppings. Smash burger combos are beyond basic, such as Somewhere in Wiscansin (complete with “pig candy,” butter, caramelized onion, cheddar and maple aioli). Vegans order up Impossible and veggies burgers, while smaller appetites can opt for salads and smoothies.

Cafe Sauvage

Francophiles, take note: French husband-and-wife team Antoine and Anaïs Lambert opened Cafe Sauvage as a chic and trendy Parisian style café-restaurant. They serve up breakfast sandwiches and treats all day (hello, Viennoiserie cakes and crêpes), as well as an evening menu of heavier French fare, and a wine list to complement. Don’t miss their special French Dinner, the last Wednesday of every month, where you’ll get a prix fixe Parisian dinner and an immersion in culture – only French is spoken during this meal!

Savvor Restaurant and Lounge

Located in Boston’s Leather District, Savvor Restaurant and Lounge is full of soul food inspired by rich Caribbean roots. Eclectic and flavorful plates take center stage (think jerk wings, braised beef short ribs and sweet plantains), while the unique house-recipe cocktails use exotic island rums hailing from all corners of the West Indies. Try the Bush Wackah, their Caribbean version of a chocolate martini.

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New Loan Program Aims To Help Minority-Owned Small Businesses

DOVER – Del-One Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the state, is teaming up with the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce (DEBCC) to give minority- and women-owned businesses a fair shot at securing loans. DEBCC Founder and President Ayanna Khan worked with Del-One FCU to create the MDE Loan Program, which went live on Jan.

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HBCU Grads, Founders Of Black-Owned Golf Brand Secure $3.4M In Funding

Eastside Golf, a lifestyle golf brand founded in 2019 by African American entrepreneurs Olajuwon Ajanaku and Earl Coope (both HBCU graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta), has hit a big milestone as they recently secured $3.4 million in funding. The funding aims to help grow their brand and change people’s perspective on golf.

Since its launch, Eastside Golf has achieved outstanding success, with a 600% growth in the last two years. From only 2 employees and $100,000 in revenue in their first year, they now have a team of 16 people and have earned over $4 million by 2023, according to Shoppe Black.

What sets Eastside Golf apart is its distinctive apparel line, resonating not only within traditional golf circles but also capturing the attention of professionals, celebrities, and other athletes alike.

EP Golf Ventures, a partnership between the PGA of America and Elysian Park Ventures, recognized the brand’s potential and took the lead in the recent seed round. They emphasized their shared commitment to breaking away from golf’s conventional boundaries and to broaden participation and inclusivity in the sport.

With the secured funding, Eastside Golf has ambitious plans. The brand’s goal is to launch new product lines, including wholesale and women’s apparel, and double the number of pop-up events in major markets. The second-annual Eastside Golf Invitational is on the horizon during New York Fashion Week, showcasing the eagerly awaited “Spring Forward” collection at the PGA Show in Orlando.

Celebrity endorsements from NBA stars Chris Paul and Jayson Tatum, NFL legend Victor Cruz, musician DJ Khaled, and former President Barack Obama highlight the brand’s widespread impact. Collaborations with global brands like Jordan Brand and strategic partnerships with the NBA, MLB, and Mercedes Benz further underscore Eastside Golf’s influence.

Moreover, Eastside Golf is also committed to social causes, donating $150,000 to support HBCU golf. The founders envision expanding globally and creating brick-and-mortar locations, expressing gratitude for the support from EP Golf Ventures.

Learn more about the brand via its official website at EastsideGolf.com

Also, be sure to follow the brand on Instagram @EastsideGolf

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Despite The City Being Majority Black, There Were No Black-Owned Businesses Included In NY Times’ Detroit Lions Boost Report | Essence

The omission was called out by veteran HuffPost reporter Phil Lewis after he noted that the New York Times overlooked Black businesses in its list.

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The New York Times (NYT) recently released a report highlighting Detroit local businesses’ economic impact of the Lions playoff run leading to the NFL Super Bowl. The problem is, there were no Black-owned businesses included despite the city being majority Black.

Phil Lewis, a trusted social media figure and reporter for the Huffington Post, called out the newspaper’s omission of any Black owned businesses in the report despite the city being 77% Black. In his newsletter, What I’m Reading, Lewis pointed out that Chimika Harris, a manager at Cutter’s Bar & Grill, spoke with a reporter from NYT but none of her comments were included in the report. Lewis’s article underscored that the outlet’s report completely ignored the Detroit’s Black business ecosystem despite playing a valuable role in the city’s bustling restaurant scene.

Ken Coleman, a senior reporter at Detroit non-profit news outlet Michigan Advance wrote in an X post, “Detroit is 77% Black. 57% of the NFL is Black. Not one African-American-owned business mentioned in this New York Times piece.”

Lewis also spoke with Dennis Archer Jr., who owns Central Kitchen + Bar. Archer shared how the glaring omission undergirds a pervasive history of racial inequity the city’s Black community has faced for years. “Because the city is majority African-American, because of the history of how the city became that way, and because of the number of strong purveyors here, it’s unfortunate when we are not equally represented in the narrative because we are such a strong part of the foundation, the backbone, and story here.”

As Black Enterprise points out, in 2021, Detroit was named the most segregated city in the country, due to the stark racial distribution of residents in the city.

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NYT Slammed: No Black Detroit Businesses In Lions Boom Story

New York Times Called Out For Omitting Black Businesses In Detroit Lions Playoff Boost Report

It is disappointing that a Detroit institution had to be reminded by its readers that Black businesses exist, but perhaps that is owed to the overwhelming whiteness of the Detroit metro area in general.


Phil Lewis, Black Twitter’s go-to source for news aggregation and a reporter for Huffington Post, pushed back on The New York Times‘ omission of Black businesses in Detroit in its report about Detroit businesses receiving a boost due to the Detroit Lions playoff run.

In his newsletter, “What I’m Reading,” Lewis reported that Chimika Harris, a manager at Cutter’s Bar & Grill, was interviewed by the Times for its report, only to have her comments omitted.

Detroit, which is affectionately referred to as the Blackest city in America, has a 77% Black population, so people noticed when its Black restaurant scene was ignored by The New York Times in favor of white-run establishments. 

Ken Coleman, a senior reporter at Detroit nonprofit news outlet Michigan Advance and a historian of the city, posted on Facebook, “Detroit is 77% Black. 57% of the NFL is Black. Not one African-American-owned business mentioned in this New York Times piece. Wow!” Harris responded underneath Coleman’s post, writing, “I’m very disappointed to hear this The NYTimes did a interview with me for this on Friday.” 

New from me: The New York Times ran a story on how local businesses in Detroit are enjoying the Lions’ success — without mentioning any Black-owned businesseshttps://t.co/zaYkNq4BlX

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 26, 2024

Lewis interviewed Dennis Archer Jr., owner of Central Kitchen + Bar, who expressed his disappointment with the narrative that overlooks Black Detroit’s contribution to the economic impact of the Lions playoff run. “Because the city is majority African-American, because of the history of how the city became that way, and because of the number of strong purveyors here, it’s unfortunate when we are not equally represented in the narrative because we are such a strong part of the foundation, the backbone, and story here,” Archer said.

Archer was referencing the Great Migration, a period from 1916 to 1970 when many Black individuals moved from the South to the North in search of better opportunities and to escape racial violence under Jim Crow laws. Emily Fisher, in a Detroitisit op-ed, highlighted the allure of higher-paying jobs in Detroit at the time, like at Ford Motor Company, which offered $5 a week compared to the average $5-a-month income for Black Americans. Herb Boyd’s book Black Detroit notes the significant population increase in cities like New York and Detroit during this period, with the Motor City experiencing a remarkable 611% surge and becoming a symbol of economic promise and opportunity for African Americans.

Black individuals who fled the Jim Crow South encountered a different but still discriminatory environment upon their arrival in northern cities. Instances like the 1967 Race Riots in Detroit highlighted the harsh realities faced by Black communities.

In 2021, Detroit was named the most segregated city in the country, in large part due to the disproportionate distribution of white people in the Detroit metro area. In that area, despite Detroit’s overall population being 78% Black, only 23% of the population in the Detroit metro area was Black. The metro area remains disproportionately white. And it seems that this is where The New York Times focused its story, thus excluding Black-owned businesses in other parts of the city.

Kenny Valentino, who owns District Seventy8, a restaurant/lounge establishment, said of the exclusion, “With all the revitalization in Detroit, the small, minority, Black-owned businesses are always left out. It does not surprise me.”

The Detroit Free Press, after also being criticized for only including one Black establishment in its own report on Detroit businesses receiving a boon from the Lions playoff run, ran another piece emphasizing the impact on Black Detroit businesses. At the behest of Starex Smith, who runs The Hungry Black Man, a platform dedicated to reviews of Black-owned establishments, the Free Press sent a reporter out on a bar crawl of several Black-owned restaurants.

RELATED CONTENT: Detroit Passes Miami As The Fastest-Appreciating U.S. Housing Market

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Comerica Bank Backs Black Woman In Launching Program Designed To Help African And Caribbean Entrepreneurs Get Access To Capital

VentureHue, a Detroit, Michigan-based business support organization that provides technical assistance to technology entrepreneurs and traditional small business owners nationwide, has partnered with the Global African Business Association (GABA) to launch VentureHue ACCESS Lab, Sponsored by Comerica Bank. Comerica Charitable Foundation has provided GABA with a grant to launch the program. Brittni Abiolu, Founder & Managing Director at VentureHue, will oversee the program.

What Is It?

The program is a FREE 6-week (virtual) capital readiness accelerator designed to educate entrepreneurs on how to best position their businesses to raise capital. The accelerator consists of 6 classes lasting up to 2 hours each, covering subjects around debt and equity financing, establishing product market fit, gaining traction, building business credit, and finding grants.

Benefits of the Program

By the end of the accelerator program, participants will understand the many types of capital sources available, how to find them, and how to qualify for funding from those capital sources. Business finance experts from Comerica Bank (and other financial institutions) will also attend several sessions to provide information and advice, and answer questions.

Participants will learn about various types of Comerica Bank products and services provided including their financing solutions for early-stage companies in the technology sector and other financing products for small businesses.

Participants who successfully complete the program will get 6 FREE one-on-one sessions with the class instructor to further assist them in their fundraising efforts. They will also be considered for future opportunities to apply for grants and debt and/or equity funding through other VentureHue programs.

How This is Different from Other Accelerators

Other accelerators may focus on product development or customer discovery (it varies). The program focuses on how to better position and prepare your business to raise capital. It helps applicants to understand where they need to be and what they need to do to get there to meet their capital-raising goals. Our program mission is to help entrepreneurs with limited access to capital, networks, and other resources get the education and support they need to scale their businesses and fuel job creation.

Who Should Apply

Our primary focus is to assist diverse, underrepresented, and overlooked entrepreneurs (especially of African and Caribbean descent) that have already identified their product or service offering, have some traction/skin in the game (e.g. customers, users, live website, app, etc.),  and need funding for growth.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for the program. Click here to apply.

Application deadline is Friday, March 22, 2024. Accepted applicants will be announced by April 5, 2024. Accelerator starts Thursday, April 18, 2024.

There will be information sessions held every Friday in February 2024. To get your questions answered and learn more about the program, click on the application link above to register for one of the information sessions.

For media, partnership, or sponsorship inquiries, please contact accesslab[at]venturehue.com

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Black US Woman Sent Home For ‘unnatural’ Hair Colour By ‘Black-Owned Company’

Jan 26, 2024 06:31 PM IST

Black woman sent home from Black-owned company for having blonde hair sparks discussion on workplace discrimination.

In the wild world of work rules, you’d expect professionalism to be about skills and attitude, right? Well, not according to a viral TikTok video by user Rosey (@mielturner), who claims they were sent home from work because of their blonde hair.

Black woman sent home from Black-owned company for having blonde hair sparks discussion on workplace discrimination.

Rosey spills the tea in the video, saying, “They told me that blonde hair is not a natural hair colour, and it goes against their grooming policy.” The twist? The workplace is a Black-owned-and-operated company.

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Discrimination dilemma

Despite the workplace being Black-owned, Rosey questions the decision, wondering, “I feel like this goes against some kind of rights. Something!” Viewers in the comments agree, suggesting Rosey pursue legal action for what seems like discrimination.

Legal loopholes: The CROWN Act

The comments section is buzzing with advice, with many mentioning the CROWN Act, designed to protect against race-based hair discrimination. However, there’s a catch – the act doesn’t explicitly cover hair colour. Some experts even suggest that policing hair colour might be legal in most cases.

Rosey’s case gets even trickier because, despite blonde not being their natural hair colour, it’s still a naturally occurring one. In a separate video, Rosey reveals that despite a chat with the CFO, who okayed the slightly darker blonde, HR insisted on black or brown dye.

In the latest update, Rosey drops the bombshell – they’ve lawyered up. Pursuing legal matters, Rosey takes a stand against what they believe is an unjust workplace hair policy.

The TikTok video has ignited a firestorm with over 390,000 views and 7,000 comments. Viewers rally behind Rosey, urging them to fight for their rights and even suggesting a legal bag is in order.

This hair-colour saga teaches us that workplace rules can sometimes take unexpected turns, and even at a Black-owned company, biases may still surface. It’s a reminder to stay informed about our rights and seek justice when needed. As Rosey takes on this challenging situation, the online community eagerly awaits the outcome.