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Black Business Fund for restaurants: Meet the winners

Black Business Fund for restaurants: Meet the winners
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Posted: Wed 9th Feb 2022

The Black Business Fund – set up by Uber Eats in collaboration with Be Inclusive Hospitality and Enterprise Nation – sees £50,000 distributed to 10 small Black-owned businesses across the country that have been affected by the pandemic.

In the UK, just 5% of small or medium-sized businesses are run by people from Black or other ethnic-minority backgrounds.  

Over 150 restaurants applied to the fund, with the winners representing a cross-section of the most innovative and exciting Black-owned restaurants in the country.

The 10 winners each receive a £5,000 grant, along with dedicated mentoring from Be Inclusive Hospitality.

Meet the winners

The Breakhouse Café

The concept for the Breakhouse Café came out of founder Chloe’s passion for coffee and amazing food, and her wish to bring something valuable to the local community.

The business aims to provide produce that’s not only locally and honestly sourced, but sustainable and ethical wherever possible. The café will act as a space for people to escape the daily grind – even if it’s only for a quick stop – and cover a variety of tastes, to reflect the diversity of its customers.

 

Chloe, founder of the Breakhouse Cafe, an Uber Black Business Fund grant winner, photographed in her cafe

 

Jam Delish

Founded by siblings Jordan and Chyna, Jam Delish is Tooting’s first 100% vegan Caribbean restaurant.

Fusing their love for plant-based food with their Caribbean roots, the siblings’ mission is simple – to show that there’s no need to compromise on quality and taste when choosing to eat vegan.

The innovative menu includes a vegan twist to much-loved traditional Caribbean dishes, such as the signature “Chicken” Wings on a Sugar Cane “Bone”, Curry “Goat” and much more! 

The Flygerians

Jess and Jo, also known as “The Flygerians”, are two larger-than-life sisters bringing the sweet taste of Nigeria to the streets of London.

The pair first started cooking at the ages of 9 and 10 when their grandma would have them preparing a feast for the 5,000 at annual BBQs known as “Mamas cookouts” that would bring the community together.

The sisters have recently signed a tenancy with Peckham Palms to run the bar and kitchen. The brand represents quality food that no-one leaves behind. 

Dirty Kitch

Dirty Kitch was founded in early 2019 as a pop-up kitchen around the West Midlands and beyond, creating plant-based soul food.

The aim was to show the public that ethically sourced and sustainable eating doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste. The brand quickly grew and has now moved into its permanent home in Coventry’s FarGo Village.

Drums & Flats

Khamisi and Daniel grew up together in South London, after meeting on the first day of school. Their chemistry in the kitchen is based on 20 years of friendship and a shared passion for feel-good food.

For them, good food has to come with good vibes. The duo created Drums & Flats to do more than just serve people good food, but to share the energy, passion and pride that their culture and community gave them.

Khamisi and Daniel started the business from their parents’ kitchens, testing recipes on friends and family. After countless days and nights spent perfecting each dish, they decided it was time to take their food on the road and share it with the people of London.

 

A collage of images depicting the owners of Drums & Flats and their business

 

Tribe

Tribe is a cool vegan co-working café in Streatham, South London. Its focus is to deliver a great environment for freelancers, co-workers and the community, with the best common denominator – great food.

The food is Caribbean-inspired, with a menu of dishes from around the world. With super-fast Wi-Fi, plug sockets, great coffee and pop-up events, it’s a great place to be.

Vegan Shack

A plant-based, fast-food restaurant in Manchester, serving the best food, from burgers to fried chicken.

Ayodimeji Sadiq started Vegan Shack from his one bedroom apartment in 2019. He quickly outgrew his kitchen and moved to a modest location near Manchester city centre, before relocating in the summer of 2021 to Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens.

The Guava Kitchen

A modern vegan Caribbean restaurant, located in Forest Hill, London. It is a new, vibrant, ethical and unique destination restaurant delivering a strong community presence.

Owner, Jenny Campbell, gave up a corporate career to launch her own brand of vegan Caribbean food. Early success on an East End stall convinced her to officially open the Guava Kitchen just before the pandemic struck.

Over 80% of her team young team are from Black or ethnic minority backgrounds and Jenny plans to further in young local talent.

Issa Vibe

A Caribbean-inspired restaurant which aims to bring people positive vibes while they eat delicious food and drink cocktails.

Bando Belly

A soul food fusion concept restaurant based in Peckham’s cultural hub, Peckham Levels.

As a born-and-bred South Londoner with mixed Caribbean and Turkish heritage, it was important for co-founder Naz Ramadan to create dishes inspired by the cultural melting pot of London and the founders’ diverse upbringing.

The restaurant’s most popular dishes are deep-fried Oreos, lobster tacos and the infamous cheesesteak.

 

A basket containing some freshly cooked Bando Belly food

 

Congratulations to the winners who will go on to receive mentoring and grant funds to grow their businesses.

You can find more black-owned restaurants to support across the country on Black Eats LDN.

 
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