First Black Restaurant Week in Charleston area boosts visibility amid pandemic

VIDEO: First Black Restaurant Week in Charleston area boosts visibility amid pandemic

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Charleston area restaurants are celebrating Black Restaurant Week for the first time as they continue to bounce back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, which extends to restaurants across the Carolinas, continues through Sunday, giving residents and visitors alike a few more days to dine at their favorite spots or try something new.

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The extra visibility means a lot for restaurants like My Three Sons, which moved to its current home on Dorchester Road in North Charleston a little over a year ago right before the pandemic hit. Co-owner Lorraine Smalls said it gives her a chance to share her home cooking with even more people.

“I’m glad that they came up with the Black Restaurant Week; that way I can tell everybody we’re here. A lot of people still don’t know we’re here,” she said.

The dining room at My Three Sons is still closed, but Smalls said they hope to reopen by Mother’s Day weekend.

She hopes it will also bring a boost following a challenging year; in addition to the pandemic, Smalls lost one of her three sons in 2020.

While the initiative is new locally, it dates back to 2016 in other parts of the country. Dates vary by city and region.

There are a number of participating restaurants in Charleston, North Charleston, Goose Creek and beyond.

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