As protests calling for racial justice and police reform continue across the US and around the globe, restaurant owners are among those who have been showing solidarity with the black community. Even though the restaurant industry is still feeling the financial impact of the pandemic, local businesses are supporting the cause by pledging to fundraise for important organizations and non profits related to the worldwide movement.
Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights, which is still takeout-only, will be giving all of today’s proceeds from its pizza and beer sales to the Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, Innocence Project, and National Bail Out; orders can be placed online and picked up between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Co-owner Clea Hantman says the restaurant intends to do more and give more in the future.
Heartwork Coffee Bar, which reopened this week in Mission Hills, will be contributing one hundred percent of its sales through Sunday, June 7, to the NAACP, The Bail Project, and Black Visions Collective. The eatery is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Open every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Scrimshaw Coffee on El Cajon Boulevard is another local cafe donating all of its proceeds from this week to support the DeDe McClure Bail Fund as well as to the local chapter of the NAACP.
This Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, all Dark Horse Coffee Roasters locations including its outposts in North Park, Golden Hill, and La Mesa, will be giving all proceeds to charities and organizations including the Trans Justice Funding Project, Reclaim the Block, DeDe McClure Bail Fund, Black Visions Collective, and Campaign Zero. The local roaster will also be donating all weekend sales from Skinny Donuts, its vegan doughnut company, and its scoop shop Mutual Friend Ice Cream.
Breakfast Bitch in Hillcrest, one of the local Black-owned restaurants on this widely-shared list, sent its profits from Wednesday to the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund. The eatery is planning another event for this Saturday, June 6 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. that will feature a menu of pork ribs, pulled pork, and turkey legs and will be matching all profits from the pop-up to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Swinford Spirits is donating 25 percent of sales and 100 percent of tips from its Miramar area tasting room to organizations fighting systemic racism, the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Campaign Zero.
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