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Nine Black-Owned D.C. Restaurants Band Together for a Prize-Filled Sweepstakes

Diners can win gift cards, Washington Wizards swag, and more

Shaw’s HalfSmoke helped coordinate a new initiative designed to drive traffic to D.C.’s Black-owned businesses.
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Diners who visit FishScale for a salmon burger or Roaming Rooster for a chicken sandwich this week could win a prize pack worth hundreds of dollars.

This month marks the debut of the DC Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes, an initiative organized by Feed the Malik blogger Anela Malik, Shaw restaurant HalfSmoke, and startup Raise Nation LLC to drive business to Black-owned restaurants in the District.

“I wanted to come up with a fun way to unite the community with Black-owned restaurants that continue to struggle through this pandemic,” says HalfSmoke sales and events manager Julie André, in a statement.

All diners have to do to enter the contest is scan the DC Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes QR code located at the register of participating establishments and then fill out an online submission form. Prize packages range from a $50 FishScale gift card to a bundle worth $400, including a jersey from Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal. Multiple entries are permitted, and submissions will be accepted through Sunday, August 16, at 11:59 p.m.

Here are the nine restaurants that are participating in the DC Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes:


This Shaw spot serves burgers and sandwiches featuring sustainably caught, wild fish — think salmon sockeye burgers or a “Chesapeake cheesesteak” with Maryland blue catfish and provolone. 637 Florida Avenue NW

The Kitchen Jerk

The “gourmet Caribbean soul-food” spot offers wings, pizza, pasta, tacos, and more. 703 Edgewood Street NE

DCity Smokehouse

This barbecue favorite on Florida and North Capitol Streets is a go-to for brisket, ribs, wings, and half-smokes, with sides like coleslaw and “mac and jack” cheese. 203 Florida Avenue NW.

Roaming Rooster

At Roaming Rooster, choose a heat level for your fried chicken sandwich, and then decide whether the sandwich should be done up Buffalo style, Nashville hot style, or with honey butter. 3176 Bladensburg Road NE


Find everything from sausages to fancy milkshakes at HalfSmoke, which recently launched a breakfast sandwich pop-up with takeout called Butter Me Up. 651 Florida Avenue NW

Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown

The classic saloon and piano bar serves crowd-pleasers like nachos, fried calamari, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. 3205 K Street NW

Pleasant Pops

The Adams Morgan cafe is known for its strawberry ginger lemonade and Mexican chocolate popsicles, but it serves coffee and breakfast and lunch items like avocado toast and burrito bowls. 1781 Florida Avenue NW


The long-running Ethiopian sit-down spot now offers online ordering of entrees like beef tibs and vegetarian samplers. 401 H Street NE


This bakery and cafe on Barracks Row is a source for bread, baked goods, pastries and Vigilante coffee. 705 8th Street SE

Check out this post for official sweepstake rules:

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Support DC Black-Owned Restaurants & Win Up To $400 in Prizes!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Introducing the DC Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes! ⁠For the next two weeks, visit participating DC Black-owned restaurants and enter to win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes including gift cards, @washwizards swag, and more. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠⠀ ⤵️⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 1. Visit a participating restaurant. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 2. While you're there scan the QR code for the DC Black-Owned Restaurant Sweepstakes and fill out the form online to enter to win! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ' , !⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Participating restaurants: ⁠⠀ @halfsmokedc⁠⠀ @wearefishscale⁠⠀ @thekitchenjerk⁠⠀ @dcitysmokehouse⁠⠀ @roamingrooster1⁠⠀ @mrsmiths_georgetown⁠⠀ @pleasantpops⁠⠀ @ethiopicdc⁠⠀ @dcsouk⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Don't forget to SAVE THIS POST for reference and be sure to SHARE it with your DC foodie friends!⁠ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ *Winners will be selected at random and announced on Halfsmoke’s Instagram and Facebook on August 17th, 2020 at 7pm. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Multiple entries allowed.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ *Any submissions between 12:01am August 3rd, 2020 through 11:59pm August 16th, 2020 count as entries.⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #sweepstakes #dc #washingtondc #washingtondcfood #dceats #dcdining #dcfoodie #dmvfood #dmveats #eaterdc #yelpeatsdc #dcblogger #madeindc #dcfood #supportlocalrestaurants #dinelocal #localeats #openfortakeout #localrestaurant⁠⠀ #blackfoodie #blackbloggers #femalefoodie #blackgirlswhoblog #blackcreatives #blackcreators #blackbypopulardemand #blackownedbusiness⁠⠀ #blackownedbusinesses #supportblackownedbusinesses⁠⠀ #supportblackowned⁠⠀

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