WBZ's Karyn Regal visited Larry J's BBQ Cafe, the only Black-owned independent restaurant in the Seaport District, and spoke with its owner Larry Jimerson about the boosted visibility.
"It's a good way to get the name out there, here in Boston— we don't have a neighborhood that people can go to like Harlem or L.A. and say 'hey let's get some soul food.' It would be great if the Celtics, the Patriots, the Bruins, could get black athletes to come and patronize our places, that will give us a boost as well," Jimerson said.
New York is the next stop for Black Restaurant Week, starting on June 24 and lasting until July 3.
Jimerson says many restaurants shuttered, and many Black-owned restaurants, are still suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Drawing attention to Black Restaurant Week gives a chance for people who are visiting to, and the people who live here, to discover new and exciting food. I'll keep it real— we have the biggest turkey legs, we're probably the only restaurant that does turkey legs, we smoke turkey legs, and we smoke the big dinosaur bone beef rib," Jimerson said.
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.