As protests continue in Austin and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd and others at the hands or under the knees of police officers throughout the country, many Austin restaurants have responded with donations to organizations that support the black community in solidarity.
Even though many are also struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin restaurants are supporting causes like the NAACP, the Austin Justice Coalition (AJC; a a grassroots organization that promotes criminal justice reform), and bail funds. Below is a list of restaurants and delivery services that have committed to making donations, listed alphabetically.
The Texas-Indian restaurant is donating all proceeds from a special pop-up delivery for Wednesday, June 10, towards bail funds and nonprofits in Austin. Items include a thali with cheese and sausage from Antonelli’s among other dishes, chocolate Crubom Organic, and a boozy dirty chai made with Still Austin gin.
The North Austin brewery will be brewing the Black is Beautiful imperial stout from Weathered Souls Brewing Company and donating all sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The beer will be available in the coming weeks at the brewery. Beer garden The Brewtorium and Fitzhugh brewery Jester King will also be making the beer, donating all proceeds to a to-be-determined organization and a portion of proceeds to AJC, respectively.
The Austin Winery
For the next week, the local winery is donating 20 percent of wine sales — from a pet nat to a malbec to an orange wine — to Campaign Zero, a research-driven organization to end police brutality. Buy online or visit the winery. (440 East St Elmo Road, St. Elmo)
Bufalina and Bufalina Due
The Neapolitan pizza shop has a fundraiser every Wednesday through July 15 for Campaign Zero, AJC, and The Loveland Foundation (which provides resources for communities of color, especially Black women and girls). Each week, the pizzeria will feature pizza from a guest chef, including the Hunt brothers of Via 313 and chefs Kevin Fink and Tavel Joseph Bristol from Emmer & Rye, with all sales of that pizza split between the three organizations. (1519 E Cesar Chavez Street, East Cesar Chavez; 6555 Burnet Road, Crestview)
Comadre Panaderia’s Pan Pari
The San Antonio-based bakery delivery service from Mariela Camacho is donating 30 percent of profits for the week to The Movement for Black Lives. Camacho, who is Xicana, describes her work as “rooted in social and environmental stewardship and mentorship of women and people of color.” Treats like pan dulce, cinnamon rolls, tortillas, breads, and juices can be ordered through an online form before Wednesdays for delivery on Sunday.
The North Austin Tex-Mex restaurant donated $500 to AJC, kicking off a planned bi-monthly donation, as well as $600 directly to Brad Levi Ayala (a 16 year old who was shot in the head with a beanbag by Austin police during the protests), Saraneka Martin (a pregnant woman who was shot in the back and abdomen by Austin police during the protests), and the fundraiser for Kane’s Barbershop and Altatudes, two Black-owned businesses that caught fire on May 31. (3300 West Anderson Lane, North Shoal Creek)
The local coffeeshop donated $4,000 total by matching donations for AJC, Until Freedom (an intersectional social justice organization), and 400 and 1 (an organization “for black revolutionaries to build a world beyond survival”). (221 West North Loop Boulevard, North Loop)
The local cider company donated all online sales from the week of June 1 to Black Lives Matter. Order online for drinks like a hard iced tea and gin-infused cider. (10609 Metric Boulevard, North Burnet)
Fleet Coffee Co.
The East Austin coffee shop has started a program to donate half of sales from one Tuesday a month to a POC-owned organization doing work with marginalized people, starting with AJC. (2427 Webberville Road, East Austin)
To encourage patrons to visit the black-owned businesses surrounding the Central East Austin bar, Nickel City offered five cent highballs with a receipt from J. Leonardi’s, Tony’s Jamaican Food, or Victory Grill/Rolling Rooster. The bar also donated $7 to AJC for each highball sold, for a total of $681. (1133 East 11th Street, Central East Austin)
The East Austin taco restaurant donated proceeds from sales from the week of June 1 to the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and individual GoFundMe campaigns for hospital fees and bail money. (2512 East 12th Street, Central East Austin)
The North Austin American restaurant donated $1,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative, which “challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities.” (4200 West Braker Lane, Quarry)
Ramen Tatsu-ya restaurants
On Saturday, June 6, all sales from open restaurants (all locations of ramen shop Ramen Tatsu-ya, ice cream spot Dipdipdip Ice Cream, and the pop-up from hot pot restaurant Dipdipdip Tatsu-ya), were donated to the ACLU and NAACP.
The vegan cheese shop offered a $2,000 match to racial justice groups via ActBlue. They have also committed to supporting Black-owned businesses and donating proceeds from their book club to ActBlue. (2200 Aldrich Street, Mueller)
Southold Farm and Cellar
The natural winery in the hill country donated $1,000 to both Campaign Zero (which works to end police violence in America) and The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (non-profit cooperative association of black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives), and promised to do more work in the future. (330 Minor Threat Lane, Hill Country)
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Those looking for black-owned restaurants in Austin can check out Austin Chronicle’s ongoing list.
Update, June 9, 6:00 p.m. This article, originally published on Tuesday, June 2, has been updated to include additional restaurants.