Milwaukee's 3rd annual Black Restaurant Week under way

Posted at 6:51 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 05:59:02-04

MILWAUKEE -- A local group is spending the week shining a light on minority-owned businesses hosting another year of Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week. 

“We love food so we want to provide great food," Baboonie Tatum said. "[And] great customer service."

That's why Tatum and her team are working hard to provide just that. They opened their first location on Teutonia Avenue two years ago. However, their hard work paid off and since then they’ve expanded and opened a location on Martin Luther King Drive.

Tatum is a former MPS educator and uses some of her profits from the restaurant to fund items for mothers in need. According to Tatum, she knew nothing about the restaurant business before embarking on this journey, but now her cafe’s the center of attention during Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week. 

“It’s really a blessing," Tatum said. "[And] I’m glad they’re highlighting African American communities it’s really nice to be able to have that support from the African American community as well as everybody else."

The week is organized and hosted by Blank Space MKE, an urban art cooperative, and this is the third year the group has come together to promote black restaurants and celebrate community. 

“We just want people to know that we’re here and we’re here to help and serve," Tatum said.  

The celebration of black-owned restaurant's in Milwaukee continues throughout the week and ends April 21.