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Annual DMV Black Restaurant Week returns, here's where to grab a bite

Mayor Bowser kicked off the week while also detailing plans to bring more food options to Ward 7 and 8, including grants available for restaurants willing to expand

WASHINGTON — DC Mayor Muriel Bowser took the podium at the Anacostia Art Center Monday to kick off DMV Black Restaurant Week, which spans the District, Maryland and Virginia every November, as well as to discuss improvements to food access in Wards 7 and 8. 

This year’s theme for DMV Black Restaurant Week—reshaping our community through ownership and luxury—will highlight Black entrepreneurs who are expanding their brands to underserved communities while simultaneously starting and co-founding luxury brands and businesses. 

Bowser provided $10,000 in funding to support the week's efforts, according to her office. The week lasts from Nov. 6 through Nov. 13.

"We already know we have talent and we are also asking for people to support our talent, especially during this week, which happens to be DMV Black Restaurant Week," she said.

The mayor said the city helped launch DMV Black Restaurant Week in 2018, all to support local entrepreneurs.

A list of the restaurants featured is below. Many are offering deals for restaurant week; reach out to individual establishments to learn about their offerings.

Restaurants offering prix fixe 3-course:

  • Moi Moi
    • 1627 K ST NW Washington, DC 20006
Credit: Stop Smackin

Click here to view their Instagram.

  • Suga & Spice
    • 5557 Baltimore Ave Suite 100, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Credit: Gueny's Cafe

Click here to view their Instagram.

2022 DMV Black Restaurant Week Casual + Take-Out + Cafes + Pop-Ups:

  • Queen Mother's
    • 918 South Lincoln Street, #2 Arlington, VA | Located Inside La Cocina Cafe
Credit: The Fry Guy
Fried Shrimp and Grits balls

Click here to view their Instagram.

  • Jerk At Nite
    • 2149 Queens Chapel Road NE Washington, DC 20018 and additional locations
Credit: Ben's Chili Bowl

WATCH: You can't live in the District and not eat at Ben's Chili Bowl

Find additional businesses celebrated by DMV Black Restaurant Week, including food trucks, caterers and retail establishments, by clicking here.

Bowser shared at her kick-off press conference Monday that the city also continues to invest in helping restaurants bounce back and grow stronger post-pandemic lockdowns, especially through the Food Access Fund. The mayor announced in 2021 that the new initiative was created to bring more restaurants to the area, whose residents have continuously seen inequities in food access.

"They don't want to always have to cross a bridge or go into Maryland to enjoy their restaurants and enjoy great food," the mayor said.

The mayor said Monday that the $58 million fund will now swell to $73 million. That's because the city has already awarded grants to 15 businesses to open or expand into Ward 7 and 8, and now seven new businesses will receive grants along with three others that will receive additional funding. 

Bowser also announced that the fourth round of the Food Access Fund will open in a little over a month, on Dec. 12. Nearly $11 million dollars in funding will be available. Eligible businesses and grantees can visit dmped.dc.gov/page/food-access-fund to learn more.

The Mayor said the 10 businesses that have already been chosen to receive awards this year are the following:

WATCH: The new food hall hopes to give Ward 7 neighbors a sense of food security

The mayor also specifically acknowledged the Michelin-recognized chefs at Ivy City Tavern and Mélange.

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