Today we recognize Juneteenth. Our Nation’s second Independence Day, that celebrates the abolition of slavery. As we take a step back and think about the monumental impact this day in 1865 had on people of color, we must also look at Juneteenth today as yet another opportunity to reflect on our place in present history. To ensure that we continue to do our parts to ultimately eliminate the systemic racism and the social injustice that still exists for Black people currently.
Let us all remember Juneteenth as a massive milestone in history, but more importantly, as a reminder of the conversations that still need to happen and actions to take to achieve the goal of equality.
While there is a multitude of ways, you can be an ally for #BlackLivesMatter causes, one constant that serves as a positive impact is consumer support. So in observation of the Juneteenth Holiday, we encourage our residents to support a local Black-owned business today by becoming a customer.
Living in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood puts you within walking distance of some popular black-owned establishment staples in the District!
Check out our list below!
Roy Boys: Navy Yard
Address: 1025 First Street SE
Roy Boys restaurant in Navy Yard DC believes that great food and drinks, coupled with warm hospitality, can make anyone’s day better. Their mouth-watering chicken and fresh oysters are will give your taste buds an unforgettable experience. When you’re done enjoying your meal, be sure to save some room for dessert, Roy Boys’ homemade icecream tacos will melt your heart.
This establishment is open for takeout and delivery options.
Visit, royboysdc.com for more information
Address: 801 Wharf St SW
When you visit Kith/Kin, you are immediately immersed in the culinary goodness from various parts of the world by Top Chef Season 15 participate, Chef Kwame Onwuachi. You will happily indulge in flavors with substance and delight as you taste house favorites like their smoked jerked wings and delicious sides.
When you take a seat at a Kith/Kin table, you will know that this is a place where all are friends and a member of the family.
Kith/Kin is now open for outside dining. Please visit Kithandkindc.com for more information
District Soul Food
Address: 500 8th St SE
District Soul Food Restaurant and Lounge offers a culinary twist on classic southern cuisine. Inspired by a rich tradition of family and agriculture from previous generations, their menu features a unique combination of local ingredients with a down-home southern flare coupled with signature craft cocktails and decadent desserts.
You will never go wrong with our personal favorite, shrimp, and grits with a side of two eggs.
District Soul Food is open for take-out and delivery options. Visit Districtsoulfood.com for more information.
Mahogany Books is a local independent bookstore that believes in social entrepreneurship. They take a leadership role in the African American community by promoting reading, writing, and cultural awareness to improve self-esteem, self-love, and, ultimately, our communities to enrich the lives of motivated individuals.
Mahogany Books also offers a fun program where you can select insightful novels by black authors, and then grab them using their curbside pick-up option.
For more information, visit blackbooksmatter.com
The Sweet Lobby
Address: 404 8th St SE
The Sweet Lobby, based on Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row, is Washington DC’s upscale, award-winning boutique bakery destination. The Sweet Lobby is known for its classic and globally inspired flavor incarnations and specializes in French macarons, madeleines, éclairs, shortbread, canelés, and more.
Once there, you have to try one of their delectable award-winning cupcakes that were featured on the Food Network; you will be in heaven!
For more information about their menu options, visit thesweetlobby.com