Here’s our latest list of Black-owned restaurants, bakeries and other businesses. This list was started in 2020 and continues to grow and evolve.
If you own such a business and would like to be included in the next update, or see anything that needs updating, please email Tracy Schuhmacher at [email protected]
Black-owned restaurants and caterers
The 5 Mile Cafe, 2084 Five Mile Line Road in Penfield, serves familiar American breakfast and lunch fare. It has two new party rooms upstairs. Lilleth Campbell-Larkins, a native of Jamaica, owns the restaurant and runs it with her son, Dalbert Andrae Chambers. It has outdoor seating on its front porch and back patio. Call (585) 586-2232.
Abby’s St. Kittchen, 340 Thurston Road, is a catering and event planning business that also serves take-out meals. Owner Abby Riley cooks a variety of creative dishes, with a focus on seafood and Caribbean food. Call (585) 441-0832.
Abyssinia Restaurant is an Ethopian restaurant at 1657 Mount Hope Ave. in Mount Hope Plaza. Call (585) 262-3910.
Addis Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant is an Ethiopian restaurant at 752 S. Goodman St. Call (585) 244-0073. After a long break from buffet service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has resumed serving its vegan buffet. See its Facebook page for details.
Apogee Wine Bar, 151 Park Ave., is owned by Simone Boone, a certified sommelier. It has four tables outside, as well as seating inside. Call (585) 598-4941.
The Arnett Café is a beloved institution in the 19th Ward. Norman Brown is the chef and owner. At 332 Arnett Blvd., it is known for its chicken and waffles, Louisiana-style shrimp and grits and its hospitality. Call (585) 279-9639.
B+ Healthy-Fresh Food Market, 442 Genesee St., serves healthful food like fruit smoothies, juices and veggie wraps. The owner is Kaptah Amen-Ra Xi Amaru. Call (585) 664-9639.
Big Fellas, owned by Donnell Brown, is a caterer operating from The Commissary in Sibley Square at 250 E. Main St. downtown. It will begin takeout service at The Commissary in March.
The Blossom Road Pub, a neighborhood bar at 198 Winton Road in the North Winton Village, is open from Thursday through Saturday. Marcus Lenear is the owner. Call (585) 363-5831.
Bobo’s Chicken Shack, at 532 Joseph Ave., is best known for its chicken wings and fried ribs. Devon “Bobo” Crittenden is owner. Call ahead to (585) 285-2881.
Bubby’s BBQ closed at 489 South Ave. in the South Wedge, but chef Terrell McLean is offering catering and pop-ups through The Commissary, located in Sibley Square downtown. Find more information online at bubbysbbque.com.
Caribbean Heritage Restaurant, at 719 S. Plymouth Ave., centers on dishes that Owner Lorna Underwood cooked for her tight-knit family over the years. Some represent what her family ate when they lived in Jamaica, while others are based on ingredients and approaches that Underwood came to enjoy in Rochester. Call (585) 270-4994.
Cluck if you Buck is a fried chicken pop-up that operates in The Landing Bar and Grille, 30 Fairport Village Landing in Fairport. Taretonye Korokeyi, the owner, also caters events. Call (585) 957-4822.
Competition Kitchen, owned by Shannon Holmes, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at 755 Hudson Ave. Call (585) 448-0030 for delivery. Find more information at competitionkitchen2020 on Instagra
Cooking and Eating Healthy with Phil is a gluten-free and almost entirely vegan take-out restaurant and caterer. Owner Philomena “Phil” Emeka-ihuekwu cooks flavorful without refined sugar, butter, white flour or deep frying. Find her at the Rochester Public Market.
The Cozy Kitchen is a beloved diner at 3103 Main St. in Caledonia. Chris Green opened the restaurant, which specializes in breakfast and brunch, in 1998. It is known for its homemade breads and soups. Call (585) 538-2770.
The Crew’s Grill is best known for serving burgers, hot dogs and specialty sandwiches on the corner of East Main and Chamberlain streets outside the RTS bus station. Owner Joe Small, who has been serving food around town since 1998. He also offers catering. Email [email protected]
D&L Tropical Groceries, at 1005 Genesee St. in Brooks Landing, has been a part of the 19th Ward neighborhood for more than three decades. It specializes in food and spices from the Caribbean and Africa. Find more information on Facebook.
Davinci of Greece, a go-to Italian restaurant and banquet center for the past 30 years, has been a Black-owned business since Paul and Marjorie Dowlatt purchased it in November 2019. It is at 1558 W. Ridge Road in Greece; call (585) 663-3360.
Everything Iz Good is a take-out Jamaican restaurant at 551 E. Main St. as well as a food truck. The name came about when Owner Kenneth Creary told a friend he needed a name for his burgeoning food business. “Everything is good, man,” his friend told him, and that’s what stuck. Call (585) 503-4498.
The French Quarter serves Cajun and Creole cuisine, including their take on Nashville hot chicken, in the historic Brewster-Burke House at 130 Spring St. in the Cascade District. Neciah Brown is owner. (585) 987-6432.
Fried Fish Shack, at 826 Joseph Ave. in Northeast Rochester, serves battered or cornmeal crusted fried fish and sides. Mark Flagg, an avid fisherman, is owner. (585) 410-9508.
Hooked, owned by Kenneth Rivers and Natasha Knorr, is a fish market that sells fresh fish as well as cooked seafood that is flown in from Iceland daily. It is at 333 Driving Park Ave. Find more information on Instagram or call (585) 448-3736.
House of Whacks, 250 Andrews St., is a breakfast and lunch restaurant owned by the husband-and-wife team of Es and Dae Davy. It serves various waffle dishes including bubble waffles and chicken and waffles. Its popular lunch combo includes rice, meat, salad, dessert and drink for $15. Call (585) 360-4800.
Jamaican Soul is a Caribbean restaurant at 211 Genesee St. It is known for its oxtails, jerk specials and Soul Food Sunday. Call (585) 413-1701.
JRibs on State Street, 400 State St. near Kodak Tower, is a convenience store, U-Haul dealer and take-out restaurant owned by Jesse Barksdale. Food specialties include smoked ribs, jerk chicken wings, jerk pulled pork, fried pork chops and fish fries, along with traditional soul food sides. (585) 623-1015.
Kamara’s West African Restaurant serves food from the western part of the African continent. Jollof rice with chicken is a popular staple, but the potato leaf stew is also worth a try. It is at 777 S. Plymouth Ave.; call (585) 730-7071.
Kareen’s Jamaican Kuisine is a takeout restaurant at 507 Chili Ave. in Southwest Rochester. Kareen Duncan serves up authentic Jamaican fare. Call (585) 413-0275.
Kokos Kitchen and Catering is owned by Kanika Mccrea, also called Chef Koko., is a traveling chef and personal chef who serves large or intimate meals in people’s homes. Find more information on Facebook or call (585) 448-8053.
Livie’s Jamaican Restaurant is a Jamaican restaurant and grocery store in the 19th Ward. Owner Livingston “Livie” Walker cooks dishes he learned from his family in Jamaica. It is at 375 Chili Ave.; call (585) 529-4450.
Louisiana Haitian Restaurant, 1172 South Plymouth Ave., serves authentic Haitian cuisine such as legumes, griot (fried pork) and pikliz (a spicy condiment). Call (585) 363-5484.
Ma’ama Tee’s Cookin’ & Catering, in the Latta Meach Historical House at 4437 Lake Ave., is primarily a caterer, but also serves breakfasts, including extra-special oatmeals. Dinner specials include fish fry Fridays and Soul Food Saturdays. Aretha “Ms. Tee” McLamore and Kevin Sizer are co-owners. Call (585) 434-3284.
Morgan’s Cereal Bar, 320 East Ave., gets creative with cereal and milk. Think French toast or waffles coated with your favorite breakfast cereal. It is also known for shrimp and grits and banana pudding. Cheria Anderson is owner. Call (585) 434-2014.
Nin’s is named for Lanae-Tava Thomas, a Rush-Henrietta graduate who won 56 high school state championship medals and is now an Olympic hopeful. The owner is Michelle Thomas, Nin’s mom, who learned how to cook traditional Jamaican dishes from her mother in Kingston, Jamaica. It is at 1049 Hudson Ave.; call (585) 363-5928.
Northern Nola is a caterer and upcoming restaurant that focuses on authentic New Orleans cuisine. Kris Butler, a native of The Big Easy, is the owner. It is currently serving from The Commissary in Sibley Square at 250 E. Main St. downtown.
People’s Choice Kitchen, 575 Brooks Ave., serves Jamaican and soul food; the jerk chicken salad is delicious. Evangela Stanley, the owner, is known for offering frequent “pay what you can afford” specials. Call (585) 464-8790.
Peppapot is a Jamaican restaurant at 522 E. Main St., a block away from the Eastman Theatre. Owner Marlene Henry started out on Gregory Street in the South Wedge, and moved to Main Street in 2018. Call (585) 546-7500.
Reggae Jamaica Restaurant & Bakery, 1485 Dewey Ave., makes classic Jamaican food like jerk chicken, oxtail and curry goat. Everton Ramsay is the owner. Call (585) 647-2156.
Roc City Ramen, at 319 Exchange Blvd. in Corn Hill Landing, is owned by Michael Goode. It specializes in ramen, gyoza and curry. Call (585) 448-0047.
Side Bar is a cozy, artsy cocktail bar that serves a fusion menu of Caribbean and American fare. Loaded jerk chicken fries are a popular offering. It is at 242 South Ave.; all (585) 454-2477.
Sooul Wings Takeout, 509 Joseph Ave., specializes in wings and soul food. Call (585) 530-3336.
South Wedge Hots & Subs, 492 Monroe Ave., serves exactly what you’d expect of a “hots” place — hots, hamburgers, subs, plates and so on. The owners of the family run business are Solomon and Terhase Alemu. Call (585) 546-1530.
Supreme Salad Bar, at 344 Thurston Road in the 19th Ward, offers made-to-order green salads, pasta salads and fruit salads. It is closed for the winter and will reopen in March. The husband-and-wife team of Antwaine and Khadedra Johnson are owners. Call (585) 623-8950.
Taste of the Bahamas, 4705 Lake Ave. near Ontario Beach Park, is a Caribbean restaurant known especially for its island ribs and wings. Call (585) 270-4889.
Three Little Birds Jamaican Food is a Jamaican restaurant in Southwest Rochester. Ripton Hunter and other family members operate the restaurant at 651 Jefferson Ave. Call (585) 270-5018.
Triple A Eats, owned by Ayana Arnold, offers weekly meal preparation, private dining, catering and virtual cooking lessons. Call (585) 512- 8852.
Tropical Blendz Cafe and Juice Bar, 753 Genesee St., is owned by Patrick Fletcher. He brings a taste of his Jamaican culture to the neighborhood, with healthful smoothies, juices and wellness drinks. The menu includes jerk chicken wrap, jerk ribs, homemade beef patties and more. Call (585) 236-9976.
Unkl Moe’s BBQ & Catering, 493 West Ave., serves homestyle barbecue and soul food. It is owned by Moses “Unkl Moe” Smith and his wife, Bernice. Among the highlights are fried chicken, collard greens and banana pudding on Fridays. Call (585) 464-8240.
Viticulture Wine Bar, 217 Alexander St., offers a rotating selection of wines from the top wine producing countries Spain, Italy and France. Courtney Benson is owner.(585) 471-8050.
Yaad Style Jamaican Restaurant is a Jamaican restaurant at 499 Lyell Ave. Call (585) 730-8811.
Zemeta Ethiopian Restaurant is an Ethiopian restaurant at 1015 S. Clinton Ave. Call (585) 244-3344.
Black-owned bakeries, other food businesses
Bold & Gritty is a coffee company owned by David A. Paul, a senior neurosurgery resident and neurocritical care fellow at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital. It highlights the stories of “successful Black men ages 18-40, who embody what it means to be Bold and Gritty.” Order online at boldandgritty.com.
GG Bakes is a home-based bakery owned by Denise Gaines, along with her mother and sister. They are known for decorated sugar cookies, pies, cakes, French macarons and more. Its products can often be found at R’s Market, 2294 Monroe Ave. in Brighton, and at the Westside Farmers Market and the South Wedge Farmers Market. Find more information on Facebook or call (585) 458-6059.
Hot Boyz Sauce, owned by Jermaine Lanos, makes hot sauces including Flamin’ Pineapple, Mango Habanero, Green Apple and more. Find de at @hotboyzsauce on Instagram.
Cathey’s Corner, owned by Jennifer Cathey, offers meal prep and catering. Find more information at catheyscornerincorporated.com.
JonJohn’s Bakery is a home-based bakery owned by Jonathan Leach and John Keltos. They sell their cakes, pies, muffins and lots more online and at the Brighton Farmer’s Market, which will reopen April 24. Call (585) 750-4244.
Kensi Kakes, owned by Alexis Nelson, is a home-based bakery that specializes in cupcakes, cakes and banana pudding. Call (585) 353-1794.
Snowie of WNY and Sugary Delights: Lemar Blue owns two businesses that are geared toward parties, festivals and other gatherings. Sugary Delights is a gourmet cotton candy stand. Snowie of WNY, a bright yellow food truck that looks like a school bus, serves shaved ice. Call (585) 209-0808.
Synfully Sweet Cakery is a home-based bakery that specializes in cake pops, cakes and pies. Call (585) 478-9764.
Taste of Supreme Bakery, owned by Asad Muhammad, offers gluten-free cakes, pies and cookies; many are vegan. Its popular Supreme Bean Pie is similar to a sweet potato pie, but is made with navy beans. Find its goodies at the Rochester Public Market and at various retailers.
Too Pretty to Eat, at 560 West Ridge Road, is owned by Shamieka Ellis. It makes decorative fruit bouquets and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered for occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and more. Order online at tooprettytoeatny.com or call (585) 329-2111.
VioTea Herbal Teas, owned by Delbra Brown, makes sugar-free, caffeine-free bottled teas inspired by her grandmother’s recipe. Find more information and order online at Viotea.com or call (585) 376-2536.
This includes reporting by Rob Bell.
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