Black-owned restaurants Chicago: I can’t believe it’s not meat, Brown Sugar Bakery, part of Black People Eats for Juneteenth holiday

CHICAGO (WLS) – Heritage cakes are ready at Brown Sugar Bakery on 75th Street.

Slices and cupcakes in traditional African colors will be part of the 6/19 specials as part of Black People Eats. Dozens of black-owned restaurants are offering June 19 specials this weekend.

“I hope this weekend brings together all cultures of all nationalities through food by celebrating black culture,” said Black People Eats founder Jeremy Joyce.

McLain Duo and his sons enjoyed the Walking Taco Juneteenth special at Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat on 53rd Street.

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“It was just delicious and I really like it. I think I’ll have it next time I come,” Duo said. “I myself also owning a black-owned business, so I think making a positive contribution to us as a whole is positive and inspiring.”

“It’s so important to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth because we’ve fought too hard to get this day,” said Laricia Chandler-Baker of Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat.

Patron Jeff Mason also weighed in.

“It’s important to keep our dollars in our neighborhood and support our sister who is doing a great job,” Mason said.

Love and Light Cafe only opened in September in Hyde Park and its owners welcome those who want to support black-owned businesses.

“All the things that have happened in the world, this one feels like something to really celebrate and be proud of,” said Kiley Russell of Love and Light Café.

Realtor Melinda Jordan said she has a plan for this weekend.

“Tomorrow I plan to go to Garfield Park and Lincoln Park and eat at a nice restaurant and go to the DuSable Museum,” Jordan said.

Although there are promotions and sales, business owners hope that new customers will come back again and again.

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