As Black Lives Matter protests sweep the country, Phoenix-based nonprofit Local First Arizona and others are calling on people to support black-owned businesses.
One list of black-owned restaurants has been making the rounds on social media and originated from Chandler entrepreneur LaNée JavetBolen, who goes by LaNée Javet and owns a business coaching company calledUpscale Noire. She first published the list in 2019 with her Meetup group, Phoenix Black Collective.
Javet was prompted to compile the list for people who were new in town and asking for suggestions. She also wanted people living in the Valley to discover new places so they can spread their support to lesser-known restaurants, she said.
She’s glad to see the list circulating around, but she hopes people continue to support these restaurants even when protests aren’t making headlines.
“The thing is, other communities only take notice of black pain and suffering when it’s nationalized. But the reality is, you can participate and support every day, locally,” Javet said.
The heightened attention on black-owned businesses comes as protesters nationwide are marching to decry the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man.
Floyd died May 25 when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, pinned his knee down on Floyd’s neck as Floyd was handcuffed on the ground, crying out that he couldn’t breathe. The same day in Phoenix, a Department of Public Safety trooper shot and killed 28-year-old Dion Johnson, who the trooper found asleep in a vehicle parked at Loop 101 at Tatum Boulevard.
“I always commend and give praise to people that have the boots on the ground,” Javet said in regards to protesters. “If that’s their superpower and they have the capability to do it, I salute them.”
Devan Cunningham, who works as a private chef and owns a catering business called The Good Food Table, said he temporarily shut down his business because of the coronavirus pandemic. He believes the COVID-19 health crisis compounds the injustices already occurring in the country.
“We appreciate your support this week, but we’ll also appreciate your support next week,” Cunningham said. “It’s not going to be a quick fight, a short fight over in a few days. Just supporting for one week won’t solve things in the long run, although we do appreciate that.”
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Black-owned restaurants and food businesses in metro Phoenix
DiVine Cafe: 13048 W. Rancho Santa Fe Blvd, #109, Avondale. 602- 758-4436, facebook.com/officialdivinecafes.
Wingz & Thingz: 12301 W. Buckeye Rd., Avondale. 602-405-0715, search Wings & Thingz on Facebook.
West Alley BBQ and Smokehouse: 111 W. Boston St., Chandler. 480-248-8819, westalleybbq.com.
Ocean Blue Caribbean Restaurant and Bar: 6140 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. 480- 753-6000, oceanbluecaribbeanchandler.com.
Hot Pot Caribbean Cuisine: 2081 N. Arizona Ave., #132, Chandler. 480-722-7577, hotpotcuisine.com.
Muesliikon Green Cafe: 81 S. McQueen Rd., #105, Gilbert. 480-304-5558, smoothiecafeaz.com.
JJ’s Louisiana BBQ: 5601 W. Glendale Ave., Suite B, Glendale. 623-396-1727, facebook.com/jjsbbqlouisiana.
Dorsey B’s Fish and Fixins: 5925 W. Olive Ave., Glendale. 623-435-2233, search Dorsey B’s Fish and Fixins on Facebook.
Caribbean Cuisine: 6031 N. 67th Ave., Glendale. 623-476-2401, facebook.com/CaribbeancuisineAZ.
Charlie Mae’s Soul Food: 6115 S. 51st Ave., #204, Laveen Village. 602-675-0865, charliemaesoulfood.com.
Smoothie Run: 6115 S. 51st Ave., #204, Laveen Village. 480-667-3608, smoothierun.com.
The Cutting Board Bakery & Cafe: 2235 S Power Rd #116, Mesa. 480-654-8081, facebook.com/cuttingboardcafe.
Aroma Mocha Coffee: 506 E. Western Ave., Avondale. 623-234-9181, aromamochacoffeeaz.com.
Doc’s Gelato & Sorbet: 1839 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa. 480-542-8010, docsgelato.com.
Jupiter Rings Wings & More: 4700 N. 12th St., #122, Phoenix. 602-675-3799, jrwings.com.
Harold’s Chicken Shack: 1635 E. Baseline Rd., #105, Phoenix. 602-675-1082, instagram.com/haroldsphoenix.
Bicycle Nomad Cafe: 828 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. 602-702-4403, thevelo.com/cafe.html.
Ocho Rios Jerk Spot: 4220 W. Northern Ave. #104, Phoenix. 623-261-3748, ochoriosjerkspot.com.
Authentic Ethio African Spices: 1740 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix. 602-252-2286, ethio-african-spices.business.site.
Concierge Bistro Bar: 1140 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-675-2302, conciergebistro.com.
First Cup Ethiopian Restaurant: 4432 N. 19th St. 602-265-1049, search First Cup Ethiopian on Facebook.
Addis Ababa Restaurant & Cafe: 3527 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix. 602-388-9820, addis-ababa-restaurant-ethiopian-restaurant.business.site.
Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant: 3015 E. Thomas Rd., #101, Phoenix. 602-840-3411, gojoethrestaurant.com.
Berry Berry Best Acai Bowls: 1237 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix. 602-675-0458, instagram.com/berryberrybest.
Stacy’s Off Da Hook BBQ and Soul Food: 1804 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. 602- 242-1922, stacysaz.site.
Ezekiel’s: 4825 Warner Rd., Phoenix. 480-785-4886, ezekielsaz.com.
Sweet Magnolia Smokehouse: 4929 E. Chandler Blvd., #405, Phoenix. 623-221-2608, sweetmagnoliasmokehouse.com.
The larder + the delta: 200 W. Portland St., #101, Phoenix. 480-409-8520, thelarderandthedelta.com.
Blue Seas Express Restaurant & Catering: 2426 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-244-2583, blueseasaz.com.
Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe: 808 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-262-9256, facebook.com/mrswhites.goldenrulecafe.
Cool Vybz Jamaican Restaurant: 2340 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix. 602-601-5731, coolvybz-jamaican-restaurant.business.site.
Valley Wings: 15414 N. 19th Ave. Suite C, Phoenix. 602-504-3937, valley-wings.business.site.
Solo’s Cafe: 5025 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix. 602-265-1955, facebook.com/soloscafe1.
Island Sensation Cuisine: 830 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix. 602-279-5866, islandsensationcuisine.net.
Desert Island Eatery: 4213 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix. 602-675-0434, desertislandeateryphx.com.
Abyssinia Restaurant & Cafe: 842 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. 602-795-4113, ethiopianrestaurantinphoenixaz.com.
Trapp Haus BBQ: 511 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-466-5462, trapphausbbq.com.
A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop: 4613 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. 602-957-2054, atoasiscoffee.com.
Monroe’s Hot Chicken: 45 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-872-7100, monroeshotchicken.com.
Caribbean Marketplace Grill: 4117 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. 602-279-8444, facebook.com/CaribbeanMarketplaceGrill.
JL Smokehouse: Moving to 2010 E. Broadway St., Phoenix. 602-620-5132, jlsmokehouse.com.
The Breadfruit & Rum Bar: 108 E. Pierce St., #2051, Phoenix. 602-267-1266, thebreadfruit.com.
Caribbean Palm Scottsdale: 2515 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. 480-947-4343, caribbeanpalmscottsdale.com.
Original Pancake House: 6840 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. 480-946-4902, originalpancakehouse.com.
Sugar Jam Bake Shop & Bistro: 7950 E. Redfield Rd., #100, Scottsdale. 480- 948-6210, sugarjamcookies.com.
Cafe Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine: 849 W. University Dr., Tempe. 480-829-1939, cafelalibela.com.
Caribbean Queen: 219 E. Baseline Rd., Tempe. 480-361-7445, thecqaz.com.
Caribbean Palm Bakery & Restaurant: 3134 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-967-3134, caribbeanpalmtempe.com.
Chicago’s Chicken Shack: 1936 E. University Dr., Tempe. 480-687-7070, search Chicago’s Chicken Shack on Facebook.
Rags Real Chicken & Waffles: 12242 N. 111th Ave., Youngtown. 623-977-2257, rags-real-chicken-waffles.business.site.
ATL Wings: Locations in Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe. atlwings.com.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles: Locations in Gilbert, Phoenix and Scottsdale. loloschickenandwaffles.com.
Honey Bear’s BBQ: Locations in central and east Phoenix. honeybearsbbq.com.
Food trucks, catering and mobile vendors
Kingpin BBQ: 800-679-7040, kingpinbbq.com.
Maya’s Cajun Kitchen: mayas-cajun-kitchen.square.site.
Rhema Soul Cuisine: 480-987-1460, facebook.com/RhemaSoulCuisine.
Hot Sauce & Pepper: instagram.com/hotsaucenpepper.
The Good Food Table:instagram.com/thegoodfoodtable.
Jamburritos Cajun: 623-687-6951, facebook.com/Jamburritos.
YardVybz Taste of Jamaica: 623-759-5351, instagram.com/yardvybz.tasteofjamaica.
Whitty’s Chicken and Fish: 623-444-2259, facebook.com/WhittysChicken.
Trash Panda Vegan Truck: 602-696-9705, facebook.com/trashpandavegantruck.
Cuties Lemonade & More: 480-485-4116, cutieslemonade.com.
Tempura Takeover: facebook.com/TEMPURATAKEOVER.
Mr. Wonderful Chicken & Waffles: 520-329-1885, facebook.com/mrwonderfulscwaz.
Other food and beverage businesses
Indulge Irresponsibly Vegan Bakery: 480-416-1336, indulgeirresponsibly.com.
Golo Family Organic Farms: Usually at Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market on Saturdays. phxpublicmarket.com/openair.
Southwest Mushrooms: Usually at Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market on Saturdays. 623-332-9484, southwestmushrooms.com.
Big Marble Organic: bigmarble.com.
Purple Gurl’s Popcorn & More:purplegurls.com.
Basima’s Sweet Treats:basimasweettreats.com.
Sugarloaf Lane Bakery: 657-378-5284, sugarloaf-lane.square.site.
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