Black Restaurant Week in Milwaukee highlights eateries, entrepreneurs

Milwaukee's eighth annual Black Restaurant Week officially kicked off Tuesday, April 25 – highlighting Black-owned eateries and the hardworking entrepreneurs behind them.

Seventeen restaurants are involved this year. From classic buffalo wings to good old-fashioned smoked barbeque and even a "funky fresh" twist on protein bowls, the options of good eats are endless.

"The atmosphere, the vibe, the energy...the food is great," said Taj Pearsall, owner of Buffalo Boss Midwest.

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 The event runs through Sunday, April 30. Pearsall is one of 17 Black entrepreneurs brining flavor to the table over the next five days.

"There's a lot of stigmas about Black-owned restaurants and businesses, so every day is an uphill struggle," Pearsall said. He, along with other Black entrepreneurs, are determined to break those stigmas.

Black Restaurant Week in Milwaukee

"As a Black owner, you don't get that much exposure," said Kevin Junior, owners of Junior's Smoked BBQ.

The week aims to expose customers not only to meals, but to the stories behind them.

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"When I had a kidney transplant my wife ended up buying me my very first smoker," said Junior.

"I come from a line of my grandma used to have a restaurant back in the day," said Rosetta Bond, owner of 1700 Pullup.

"I've been cooking since I was 6 years old," Tueman McGee said, owner of Funky Fresh Spring Rolls.

Black Restaurant Week in Milwaukee

No matter when each owner found a passion for food, there is one aspect to sharing their creations this Black Restaurant Week that makes it a recipe for success.

"No matter your race, who you voted for, your religious beliefs – everyone has their favorite food," said McGee.

Owners invite everyone to come out for a chance to get their bellies and hearts full. A news release says the event is organized by BlankSpace MKE. A full list of participating restaurants can be found by visiting BlankSpace's website. No coupons will be required, and all restaurants will be offering their own specials in recognition of Black Restaurant Week.