This map of 150+ Black-owned Philly restaurants was sourced from the community

This map of 150+ Black-owned Philly restaurants was sourced from the community

A group of volunteers are curating the list, which is being constantly updated. How many Black-owned restaurants in Philadelphia do you know about? Twenty-five? Fifty? According to a crowdsourced database inspired by the protests against racism and police brutality, there are at least 150 spread across the city (see map below). It’s not surprising if you can’t name that many off the top of your head. Black-owned food establishments don’t often bask in the national attention showered on Philadelphia’s dining scene. Many spots are neighborhood favorites and haven’t sought out promotion, while others just aren’t keyed into the public relations-media loop. Several local food writers and editors have been working to change that. “There has been a huge push to show more representation in the dining world,” said Kae Lani Palmisano. An editor with USA Today 10 Best and host of “Check, Please Philly!” on WHYY-TV, Palmisano, 31, has been managing the Philly-area edition of Dining at a Distance, a database put together to support restaurants during the COVID-19 crisis. Palmisano calls herself a “white passing person of color.” Her mother is of Black and Native American ancestry, she said, and her family has experienced plenty of discrimination, but it “pales in comparison to the violence that Black communities face.” Last week, as the country swelled with marches following the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Palmisano took note of another crowdsourcing trend. “There are great apps that already highlight Black-owned restaurants,” she explained, mentioning Eat ...
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