A location map of local Black-owned restaurants.

The City of Jacksonville and its partners LISC Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jacksonville Urban League, Visit Jacksonville, The Jaxson Magazine and Career Source of Northeast Florida are joining in Black Restaurant Week, a national celebration of African American, African and Caribbean cuisine. Now through Sunday, Dec. 6, the city is encouraging residents to dine at some of Jacksonville’s 200-plus Black-owned eateries.

“By highlighting our city’s black-owned restaurants, we are presenting an opportunity for citizens to discover dining spaces, gain exposure to and develop an appreciation for new food, and support local businesses and communities,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “I am proud that Jacksonville is one of the first cities in Florida to participate in Black Restaurant Week and look forward to it becoming a tradition.”

Black Restaurant Week founded the Feed the Soul Foundation in 2015 to expand awareness, increase support and stimulate growth for local, black-owned restaurants and black culinary professionals throughout the country. The initiative collaborates with restaurants in cities throughout the nation to host awareness and education events.

Hungry residents can visit https://blackrestaurantweeks.com for additional information, including a list and map of restaurants. The public is encouraged to post photos and videos of their involvement on social media using the hashtags #BlackRestaurantWeek and #BlackRestaurantWeekJax.

Source: City of Jacksonville press release