MRA-Statement and Stance on Racism

The Memphis Restaurant Association (MRA) stands against racism of any kind, especially in our restaurants. Racism has no place in our restaurants nor in our Association.

We acknowledge that this is a unique moment in history, where our country and our city are grappling not only with a pandemic but also with a painful legacy of institutional racism against Black Americans and Black Memphians specifically.

The MRA expects our member restaurants to treat their employees and guests with dignity, equality, and respect, and to build a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Memphians.

The MRA also proudly stands behind and supports all of our amazing Black-owned and Minority-owned restaurants. We acknowledge that our city’s culinary success is due in large part to the Black culinary heritage and talent of Memphis. From soul food to barbeque, we recognize this legacy of great food and great tastes has benefited us all, restaurateurs and our guests alike. We encourage Memphians to join us in supporting minority-owned restaurants.

During tough times, it’s often food that brings us together. Memphis has an incredible, diverse community of restaurants that open their doors every day to bring Memphians together around the shared table. We encourage you to broaden your minds, your hearts, and your palettes and help us build a brighter future for the city of Memphis.

Please consider supporting these
Black-Owned Businesses
(thanks to Downtown Memphis Commission.)