Author Talk: John DeFerrari, Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC: Capital Eats
African Americans have been in the restaurant business in Washington since its earliest days, and several became very prominent beginning in the 19th century. Their eateries were as sophisticated as any in the city, though their customers were exclusively white.
With most restaurants off-limits to African American patrons until the mid-20th century, the African American community developed its own restaurants, notably along the U Street corridor. Beginning in the 1920s, the supper clubs and restaurants of U Street featured excellent food and the best live entertainment in the city.
Join local historian John DeFerrari as he recounts the high water marks of African American achievement in the D.C. restaurant business.