BLACK OWNED RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS
Athens is widely known for its local restaurants, including black-owned restaurants. You'll find a wide variety of flavors:
- Bright Caribbean notes at Kelly's Jamaican and Rashe's Cuisine
- Southern soul food at Weaver D's and Food for the Soul
- Barbecue at Dawg Gone Good
- African flair at Mannaweenta Ethiopian restaurant
Set out on a culinary journey of discovery at these black-owned restaurants, and plenty more listed below.
At Weaver D's, you'll be greeted by Dexter Weaver himself with a greeting of "Communication" to place your order and "Automatic" to thank you for it. Dexter's slogan, "Automatic for the People" graced one of famed Athens band R.E.M.'s most popular albums. The mutual admiration between Dexter Weaver, Weaver D's and R.E.M. led to Dexter's accompanying the band for their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Weaver D's to be named an America's Classic by the James Beard Awards (which are the "Academy Awards" of food.) Fried chicken, pork chops, mac & cheese, squash casserole, greens, and other southern soul food staples are on the menu.
Rashe Malcom is not just an entrepreneur but is also a community activist. In addition to her Jamaican restaurant, Rashe's Cuisine, she founded the nonprofit Culinary Kitchen of Athens. Culinary Kitchen of Athens is a resource for people who have cottage food licenses and need assistance selling their products commercially. Resources include a shared commercial kitchen, workshops for food entrepreneurs, and a winter market to bridge the gap when traditional farmer's markets are closed. Rashe's efforts were particularly needed during the Covid pandemic, and they did not go unnoticed: she was named "Envisioneer of the Year" at Envision Athens's "2020 Good Neighbor Awards."
For his eighth birthday Beau Shell asked for and received an ice cream cart from his parents and started his own fully certified push cart ice cream business the Lil Ice Cream Dude. This young entrepreneur quickly grew a name for himself as he operated the cart all over Athens and to other cities in Georgia with the help of his family. Beau's big dream came true when his brick and mortar store, Cool World, opened on June 9, 2019 as a celebration of his 15th birthday!
These stories are just the tip of the iceberg. We know you'll enjoy discovering more as you dine at these Athens black-owned restaurants.
While you're in Athens, we think you'll also like getting to know more about our Black History.