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5 South Side Restaurants You Can Support for Black Business Month

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14 Parish; Image Credit: Rhinehart Media Group

Monday, August 1, 2022 marked the beginning of Black Business Month — a time to recognize and support Black entrepreneurs who are making a difference in the community.

Census data released before the pandemic showed that there were over 3 million Black-owned businesses in the United States, generating approximately $206 billion in annual revenue. A 2021 Small Business Credit Survey revealed that 92% of Blacks experienced financial difficulties in 2020, compared to 79% of whites.

At a Martin Luther King Jr. event earlier this year, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen noted that “From Reconstruction, to Jim Crow, to the present day, our economy has never worked fairly for Black Americans — or, really, for any American of color.”

Black businesses need support to continue growing and employing people in the community. You can support by providing a testimonial for your favorite Black-owned businesses, or partnering with them to bring more traffic to their restaurants.

It’s important to acknowledge Black-owned businesses all year long, but here are 5 that you can research, explore, and patronize this week. Also, comment below and let us know about other Black-owned businesses we should highlight this month.

#1. Truth Italian Restaurant

Truth Italian French Toast
Truth Italian French Toast; Photo Credit: Rhinehart Media Group

Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.

Visit Here: 56 E. Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60653


8AM – 5PM (Breakfast)

12PM – 5PM (Lunch)

Truth Italian opened in Bronzeville in 2015. Founded by Peytyn Willborn, the restaurant serves Italian cuisine every day of the week. You can stop by for breakfast from 8 until 5pm, or join the lunch crowd from 12-5 pm.

Grab your girls, and get a mimosa with a savory special. The Bird & Batter (Chicken & Waffles) contains a hand-battered fried chicken breast, Belgian buttermilk waffle, a drizzle of nutmeg hot sauce. You can also try Shrimp & Grimps, Atlantic Salmon, or French Toast.

#2. Original Soul Vegetarian (Soul Veg City)

Vegan Fish Sandwich at Original Soul Vegetarian
Vegan Fish Sandwich at Original Soul Vegetarian; Photo Credit: Rhinehart Media Group
Visit Here: 203 E. 75th Street, Chicago, IL 60619


12PM – 6PM (Monday – Friday)

10AM – 6PM (Saturday & Sunday)

You can grab 100% plant-based food options every day of the week at Original Soul Vegetarian. The restaurant is one of the oldest Black-owned vegan establishments in the world, serving the community since 1981.


In 2021, the company remodeled its Chatham building, and reopened its doors as Soul Veg City. Menu options include Black Eye Pea Burger, Veggie Gyros, Grilled Portabella, and so much more.

#3. 14 Parish Restaurant & Rum Bar

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14 Parish; Image Credit: Rhinehart Media Group

Visit Here: 1644 E 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615


3PM – 1AM (Thursday – Saturday)

If you’re looking for a late-night eatery, 14 Parish Restaurant and Rum Bar may be an option for you. It’s an upscale Caribbean-fusion-inspired restaurant located in Hyde Park.

Founded by Racquel Fields in 2016, 14 Parish Restaurant and Rum Bar is designed to give the South Side of Chicago access to an upscale dining experience without leaving the community. It’s one of the few rum bars in the City of Chicago. This spot stays open until 1am from Thursday through Saturday, and offers Island Crab Cakes, Carribbean Wings, Coconut Shrimp, and so much more.

#4. Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine

Visit Here: 7167 S. Exchange Ave

Black Eye Pea Burger at Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine; Photo Credit: Rhinehart Media Group

Hours: 11AM – 8PM (Tuesday – Saturday)

If you’re near South Shore, there’s also a chance to indulge in vegan cuisines. On the corner of 72nd & Exchange, you’ll find a small, quaint restaurant with a welcoming vibe.

Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine, owned by married chefs Tsadakeeyah and Nasya Emmanuel, opened its doors in 2017. The restaurant attracts vegans and other individuals seeking a mouthwatering mix of plant-based southern cuisines. The menu includes BBQ Cauliflower, Oyster Mushroom Soul Taco, Crab Cake Sandwich, Black Eye Pea Burger, Soul Bowls, and more.

#5. Ain’t She Sweet Cafe

Aint She Sweet Cafe in Bronzeville
Ain’t She Sweet Cafe; Photo Credit: Rhinehart Media Group

Visit Here: 526 E. 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653


10AM–6PM (Monday – Friday)

Lunchtime wouldn’t be the same without Ain’t She Sweet Cafe in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. This cafe offers fresh sandwiches, smoothies, soups, and salads. If you’re vegan, there’s a special Vegan Jerk Chick’n Wrap waiting for you. Other menu items include Caribbean Jerk Chicken Wrap, Jerk Salmon Wrap, Chipotle Chicken Wrap, Grilled Chicken Cheddar, Paninis, and more.

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