We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony & Janique Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anthony & Janique, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Our business started as a passion project. When we moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2016, starting EatOkra was a way for us to get to know more about the community we were living in. In a way, it was also our form of activism, through making a conscious effort to local Black-owned businesses and creating a platform for other people to do the same.

What should our readers know about your business?
Our business started as a passion project. When we moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2016, starting EatOkra was a way for us to get to know more about the community we were living in. In a way, it was also our form of activism, through making a conscious effort to local Black-owned businesses and creating a platform for other people to do the same.

Black-owned businesses are special for a myriad of reasons. The food is just a part of it, and not to undermine the role it plays, but when you step into a Black-owned business, there are so many other cultural elements that pull on you. It’s the music being played in the background. It’s the art hanging on the wall. Usually, it’s the faces and swagger of the people who work there. In a way, it mirrors who you are, and so it’s naturally comforting. What’s most intriguing though is even with all the commonality that you experience, there’s so much diversity as well, which also truly reflects the richness of our culture.

Our brand is a direct reflection of who we are as individuals. Of course we love food, but we love the fellowship that food creates even more. We think that resonates with people, so we make it a point to always figure out ways to be collaborative and supportive of others in their efforts within the Black food space. Everyone’s role is important, and people have been so supportive of us. We just want to make sure that whatever we do, we do it with the intention of bringing people together to uplift the community.

We want to be remembered not just for our work or the platform we created, but for how we made people feel. We wanted people to say it was a pleasure to know us and to work with us. We want EatOkra to be something that makes people feel empowered, seen and cherished. We want Black culture to be celebrated and Black spaces to be preserved. If our work plays even just a small role in helping to accomplish that, we’ll be more than happy.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow – too many to name in Brooklyn, NY alone.

Here’s some of favorite restaurants across the country (please note we plan on adding more to our “favorites” list!)

NYC:

Le Succulent

291 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

African/French Fusion

Home

The Quarter

87 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

American Fare

http://www.quarterbk.com/#the-quarter-brooklyn

ATL:

The Boiler Seafood Atlanta (Claimed on EatOkra)

2425 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Seafood

https://www.theboileratlanta.com/

DC:

FishScale

637 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Seafood

home

Bukom Cafe

2442 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

African (Ghana)

https://www.bukomcafe.com/

LA:
Harold & Belle’s

2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Creole/Cajun

home

Houston:

Blue Nile Ethiopian

3030 Audley St, Houston, TX 77098

Ethiopian

Home

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to our EatOkra subscribers to the app; all of our restaurants, chefs and food makers – we are proud to amplify Black-owned / operated businesses nationwide; our hard-working staff and consultants; our amazing independent and corporate partners – Apple, Pepsi and UberEats and last but not least our families that love and support us especially our sweet daughter Bradley.

Website: www.eatokra.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eatokratheapp/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-edwards-jr-b9084612/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eatOkraTheApp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eatOkraTheApp

Image Credits
Photo credit: Kerby Jean

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