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A plate of southern comfort food from Daddy's Soul Food Grille, one of this year's participants. (PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

#RaiseMKE by supporting Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week

Eat delicious food while showing your support for African-American entrepreneurs and their local businesses during Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week, which takes place April 17 - 24.

It's the second year for this local effort, which encourages diners to patronize black-owned businesses throughout the city. During the week, participating restaurants will run specials and a variety of meet-ups will take place at area businesses.

"Black Americans are just 13 percent of the U.S. population but will have a buying power of $1.4 trillion by 2019," notes the BlankSpace MKE web site. "Because we know that not enough of the money is 'flowing back into' black communities – MKE Black Restaurant Week is a method to introduce 'foodies to new and exciting eateries' in the black community.

"We believe supporting Black restaurants play a crucial role in achieving socio-economic upliftment, and the sustainable implementation of these beliefs will strengthen our communities and open opportunities for future generations. Through supporting African American businesses you're supporting small businesses. You're giving back to the community and bringing some social, economic uplift to the community."

Participating restaurants include:

For more information, follow the Black Restaurant Week Facebook event or visit blankspacemke.weebly.com.

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