SAVOR Black Charlotte spotlights local restaurants as residents return outdoors

Organizers want to drive awareness of and sales to Black-owned restaurants following a turbulent year.

Charlotte Black Restaurant Week returns with its first spring edition, SAVOR Black Charlotte, starting Sunday, April 18.

A smaller version of its sister event held each October, SAVOR will spotlight Black-owned restaurants — like Cuzzo’s Cuisine and Derita Dairy Bar & Grill — featuring specials at $10, $15 and $20 price points.

Black Business Owners of Charlotte is hosting the weeklong experience that organizers are hoping will drive awareness and business to local food spots bouncing back from a difficult year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We see it as a perfect time since people are starting to go back outside,” said BBOC founder Cathay Dawkins. “It gives them the opportunity to really jumpstart into the summertime when restaurants typically thrive.”

As part of the week, organizers will also host Black Food Truck Friday on April 23 in the Sonesta Charlotte parking lot, located at 5700 Westpark Drive. 

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The popular gathering, which returned in March after a five-month hiatus, often attracts vendors from across the Carolinas. With Covid precautions in place, Dawkins said roughly 35 business owners participated in the March 19 food truck rally that grossed an estimated $75,000 in sales.

SAVOR Black Charlotte runs through Sunday, April 25. A sample of participating restaurants include:

  • Cuzzo’s Cuisine, 3418 Tuckaseegee Rd.
  • Derita Dairy Bar & Grill, 2737 W. Sugar Creek Rd.
  • The Nappy Chef, 5933 Albemarle Rd.
  • Mr. Seafood Charlotte, 5430 N. Tryon St.
  • BW Sweets Bakery, 5820 East W.T. Harris Blvd. and 1425 Winnifred St.

Additional locations will be added on BBOC’s website at bboclt.com.

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