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Richmond Black Restaurant Experience Boosts RVA Food Sales

The results of Richmond Black Restaurant Experience restaurateur’s showcase of their culinary creations for this year’s Richmond Black Restaurant Experience presented by Dominion Energy – March 4 -11, 2018 are in.

The celebration (formerly Richmond Black Restaurant Week), organized by minority business supporters, is designed to promote economic diversity while celebrating Richmond’s best food fair.

Last year, over 26,000 people experienced Richmond Black Restaurant Week, bringing in over $475,000 in total sales and more importantly, creating 17 new jobs primarily to the City of Richmond. This year 32,000 people experienced Richmond Black Restaurant Week, and Richmond and vicinity saw an increase of $620,000 in total sales and 48 new jobs created.

The Richmond Black Restaurant Experience also partnered with the Office of Minority Business Development to present the 2018 Leadership Learning Forum – Food of Knowledge. Participants were able to explore four key elements of owning a successful restaurant. The Experience workshops were marketing, recruitment & staffing, financials and estimating for restaurants. This forum was absolutely FREE and dedicated to restaurant owners, their management staff and aspiring restaurant owners.

“We are excited about continuing to celebrate our city’s diversity and all it has to offer. Highlighting the impact that our participating businesses have on Richmond’s budding dining scene in creative ways is essential to boosting our local economy,” said Amy Wentz, one of the event organizers.

The City of Richmond expresses its sincerest appreciation to Richmond Black Restaurant Experience organizers, participating restaurants and sponsors that made this event possible. Planning for next year’s event has already begun.

Bank of America, City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, Paint & Sip with Justin Q Young, Richmond Region Tourism, The Graduate Richmond, The Hilton Downtown, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Boomer Magazine, Central VA AA Chamber of Commerce, CW Richmond, Feast RVA, NBC12, Radio One, Renew Richmond, Richmond Free Press, Urban Views Weekly

Big Herm’s Kitchen
315 N 2nd St.

Brewers Cafe
1125 Bainbridge St.

Boogaloo’s Bar and Grille
210 W Brookland Park Blvd.

Cary 100

100 E Cary St.

Croaker’s Spot Food

1020 Hull St.

Chef MaMuSu
200 E. Main St.

Charles’ Kitchen
9127 W Broad St.

Family Secrets
5310 Chamberlayne Rd.

Good Tymes Restaurant and Wine Bar
2030 Chamberlayne Ave.

Inner City Blue’s
3015 9 Mile Rd.

Irie Vibes Jamaican Restaurant
1221 N. Laburnum Ave.

Jackie’s on Laburnum
1241 N Laburnum Ave.

Jacksons Beer Garden & Smokehouse
538 N 2nd St.

Kilimanjaro Lounge
5114 Richmond Henrico Tpke.

Ma Michele’s Café
10811 Hull Street Rd.

Mama J’s
415 N. 1st St.

MiniBar RVA
14 N 18th St.

Ms. Girlee’s
112 N 5th St.

Nomad’s Deli
207 W. Brookland Park Blvd.

RVA Street Foodies
1011 Hull St.

1303 Hull St.

Spoon Bread Bistro
2526 Floyd Ave.

Sugars Crab Shack
2224 Chamberlayne Ave.

9545 Amberdale Dr.

Southern Kitchen
1726 E Main St.

Sweet Teas Southern Cuisine
1700 E Main St.

Traditionz Smokehouse
4810 Jefferson Davis Hwy.

700 E Broad St.


For more information on Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, visit vablackrestaurantexperience.comor

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Jason S
Jason S
2 years ago

Great news, thanks for the update! Wonderful to hear that this event is growing in participation and impact!

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