Meet Anthony and Janique Edwards, they are a New York couple and creators of EatOkra which is an built to connect people to Black-owned restaurants in more than 30 cities in the United States, According to Washington City Papers.
The inspiration to build this app came from time where they were trying to find a Black owned restaurant. “We could look at articles and blogs but no app did all of that for me and let me press a button to take me there. There had been a lot of talk in 2016 that was heavily racial related. We wanted to do something to help Black people,” he said.
“We really wanted to create a platform that supported Black-owned restaurants specifically. We really focus on a lot of smaller, mom-and-pop restaurants that don’t get enough attention or exposure,” Janique mentions.
The dynamic duo explained the meaning behind the app’s name saying, “We used the word Okra in the name because it was a seed brought over during the slave trade.”
EatOkra is a free app to download and directs you to many different Black-owned restaurants, brunch, soul food, local eats, etc. At the moment there are over 1700 restaurants listed on the app and it’s growing.
You can follow the company via social media @eatokratheapp or download EatOkra on any iPhone or Android device.
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