Friday: Dinner & Movie Night Celebrates Black Owned Restaurants

brattle theatreThe Brattle Theare, 2016. Photo by Jess Benjamin.

Cambridge City Council alongside Cambridge Local First and the Brattle Theatre have organized a virtual movie night celebrating local black owned restaurants. This Friday June 12, order some take out and fire up the flatscreen together at home with some of Cambridge and Somerville’s best eats.

We sure could go for dinner and a movie right now. Or a movie and drinks. Or drinks then dinner then a movie and drinks. But these days congregating in groups is reserved for important things, like last weekend’s Black Lives Matter protest. So takeout and a stream it will have to be. Let’s meet up later and pretend we’re at Shay’s.

From the Brattle Theatre website:

This week’s Cambridge Dinner and a Movie night will celebrate Black Lives by highlighting Black owned restaurants in Cambridge and Somerville with film selections drawn from lists created by BIPOC curators, creators, and critics.

To begin your planning, here is a list of Black owned restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville that are currently open for take-out and/or delivery:

Order dessert first!!

PETSI PIES (order by noon the day before!)

ASMARA (Ethiopian)

COAST CAFÉ (soul food)

LA FABRICA (Latin Caribbean)




PURITAN & CO (modern American)

This list is a subset of the Black-Owned Businesses list compiled by Cambridge Local First ( If there are any businesses that are currently open and that you feel are missing please email us at so that we can update this list.

Check back tomorrow for the film selections!

Desert first you say? Sign us up. Stick around the virtual screening room for the Brattle’s 9:15 p.m. showing of The Mystery of Chessboxing with live commentary from hip hop legend RZA.

For a complete list of Black owned businesses in Cambridge and Somerville visit Cambridge Local First.