More than two weeks after demonstrations erupted across the world drawing attention to police brutality and violence against black communities, many Detroit area restaurant owners have showed their support for the movement by feeding protesters and organizing fundraisers.
Protests in Detroit have been, in part, led by restaurant workers, including Avalon International Breads barista Tristan Taylor, who was arrested last week during a demonstration. Restaurants like Sicily’s Pizza owner Ali Beydoun and his staff have shown solidarity by handing out water to protesters marching by the West Vernor Highway restaurant on Tuesday, June 9, and on Thursday, June 4, Erica Pietrzyk of Pietrzyk Pierogi helped hand out pierogi to demonstrators in downtown Detroit.
Even with the financial and logistical challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants, bars, and cafes have also begun organizing fundraisers supporting local community groups such as the Detroit Justice Center. Below, Eater has collected a few of the places that are pledging support.
This Art Center restaurant is accepting online donations for the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, the Detroit Justice Center, and Triumph Church in the North End.
This Corktown restaurant is giving away free Black Lives Matter buttons made by a friend and pledging to donate a portion of its monthly sales to nonprofits including the Detroit Association of Black Organizations, Detroit Justice Center, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, and the National Bail Out fund.
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These Core City restaurants are hosting a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 benefiting local organizations including the Detroit Justice Center, the Ruth Ellis Center, the Detroit People’s Food Coop, and Freedom House Detroit. Food that’s unsold during the pop-up will be served to protesters.
This Eastern Market cafe raised nearly $700 in two days through bag coffee sales and split the proceeds between Green Light Black Futures and the Bail Project. Customers are currently encouraged to donate directly to the organization.
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