Local Black owners see boost in customers amid protests
The Lincoln community has remained active on social media, listing and supporting black-owned businesses, like restaurants in the area.
The Lincoln community has remained active on social media, listing and supporting black-owned businesses, like restaurants in the area. Channel 8 talked to two owners who say the response has been overwhelming.
“The support has been exponentially far more than what I’ve seen,” says Derick Gaspard Jr., owner of JuJu’s Vegan Cajun and Creole Cuisine.
Using social media, Lincolnites have been listing Black-owned restaurants and businesses for anyone to support.
The owner of Flydogz says he’s seen an upsurge of 20 to 40 percent following the protests.
“It’s been kind of crazy with the coronavirus and everything going on,” says Marcus Pierson. “Deliveries and everything were already doing good and then when the push to support Black-owned businesses and restaurants came we got ran over the past couple days definitely its been amazing. ”
An up and coming chef had to adjust the way he took orders as calls boosted his vegan restaurant.
“I had to adapt to a pre-order business model just to help out with the traffic, you know just trying to keep everyone’s safety in mind,” says Gaspard. “I’ve really been doing that just because it is a one-man operation right now.”
Gaspard says he feels fortunate during these times and he’s planning on finding a permanent location soon to keep sharing his tasty vegan options.
For Pierson, he says the support helps show his children they can be successful. Both owners tell Channel 8 they are very thankful for the response they’ve received from the community.