By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Apr 25, 2023 at 6:30 PM

It’s time to celebrate entrepreneurship in Milwaukee while offering support to Black-owned eateries during Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week, which takes place Tuesday, April 25 through Sunday, April 30.

It's the eighth year for the annual event which encourages diners to patronize Black-owned businesses throughout the city. The grassroots initiative was founded by BlankSpaceMKE, an urban art cooperative founded by Bridget Robinson and Symphony Zawadi in an effort to raise awareness about social entrepreneurship and support the sustainability of local, Black-owned businesses. 

Over the past eight years, participating restaurants have regularly seen a significant boost in profits during Black Restaurant Week – some nearly doubling their sales –  assisting them in keeping their doors open during these challenging times.

How to participate

To kick off the week of deliciousness, families and supporters are invited to celebrate the 8th year of Milwaukee Black Restaurant week by gathering together and support the businesses inside the Sherman Phoenix Marketplace, 3536 West Fond du Lac Avenue on Tuesday, April 25 from 3 to 7 p.m.

From there, diners are encouraged to show their support by visiting any Black-owned restaurant and documenting that visit by posting a photo of your receipt on social media using hashtag #MBRW23. 

Your visible participation allows BlankSpaceMKE to gather data from the week to demonstrate the effectiveness of cooperative economics and the significance of the local dollar to sustain businesses.

So go out, try a new place you've never been before and show up for our city!

Participating restaurants

This list includes restaurants who explicitly signed up to participate in Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week.  For more Black restaurants to support, check out our guide to Black-owned restaurants in the area.

1700 Pull Up
1848 W Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 899-0005

Serving: Soul food

Belli's Bistro
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Serving: American cuisine, cocktails

Big Daddy’s BBQ and Soul Food
9201 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 455-8059
Serving: barbeque, soul food

Brooks' Balanced Kitchen
731 N. Jackson St.,

Serving: Healthful breakfast and lunch offerings

Brownstone Social Lounge
524 N. Water St., (414) 210-4824
Serving: Pub fare

Confectionately Yours
Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 617-7575
1920 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 617-7575
Serving: Desserts (at Sherman Phoenix); breakfast and lunch on MLK Dr.

Crave BBQ
4923 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 509-6278

Serving:  BBQ

Delicious Bites
6538 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 909-3372

Serving: Grab and go salads, sandwiches, fresh baked sweet treats

Funky Fresh Spring Rolls
Sherman Phoenix
3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 732-1531
Serving: Healthful bowls, specials, frozen spring rolls

Grandma’s Hands
2721 N Blaine Pl., (414) 455-3685
Serving: Soul food

Happy Days Day Bar
Sherman Phoenix
3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 301-1027

Serving: cocktails

Junior's Smoked BBQ
Sherman Phoenix
3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 215-0052

Serving: Smoked meats, sides, sandwiches

Rise & Grind Cafe
2737 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., (414) 249-3846 (temp. closed)
Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave.
Serving: Breakfast, lunch

Turning Tables Tavern & Eatery
1040 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 210-3451

Serving: ever changing menu from multiple chefs

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.