A surge in new Black-owned restaurants and months of planning have skyrocketed the number of participants in Buffalo’s Black Restaurant Week, from 14 last year to 57 this year.

The eight-day window – running June 12-19 – will allow diners to support Black- and brown-owned food-and-drink businesses, many of which will offer specials for $20.22, or other discounts like buy-one, get-one-free drinks or a free dessert with a meal purchase.

Mark Overall, president of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals New York (BULYPNY) and organizer of Black Restaurant Week, is proud of the expanded field, the fruits of four months of consistent work.

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