Memphis Black Restaurant Week features 'hidden jewels'

Memphis Black Restaurant Week features 'hidden jewels'

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The originators of Memphis Black Restaurant Week said they created the idea in order to showcase 'hidden jewels' that many people may not know exist in the city.

"I think a lot of people are surprised that one street over there is a hidden jewel that they will grow to love," Memphis Black Restaurant Week creator Cynthia Daniels said.

All of those hidden jewels will have specials for the entire week. Daniels said most will have three course meals for around $15.

Customers will be able to enjoy places like Upton at the Office, Dejavu, and many more of those 'hidden jewels' at an affordable price.

"You come here, you see a little bit of Memphis everywhere around," Uptown at the Office owner Valerie Peavy said.

Peavy said she heard about Memphis Black Restaurant week and knew immediately she had to be a part of it. Her restaurant--with the slogan 'Work, learn, and dine'--brings a little something to the table for everyone.

The meals focus around breakfast and lunch, but the atmosphere is like a home office with printers, wifi, and even a library.

"Learning is what we do. Come look at the books, take them home with you. You're not required to bring them back," Peavy said.

From the office and library, to the flair of the deep south in New Orleans, customers can enjoy it all.

"In here, we try to give the New Orleans atmosphere," Rondell Williams, chef at DeJaVu on South Main Street, said. "Le Bonton Roulette. We let the good times roll here."

He said this week is a way to do just that. So whether you want to try their Arkansas Outlaw or Seafood Gumbo, he said everyone is welcome.

For a complete list of participating restaurants, click here.

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