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Bronx, New York, native Ka-wana Jefferson shares her commitment to creating and co-operating her establishments, and preserving legacy through her entrepreneurial efforts in honor of National Black Business Month.
On August 16, Sweet Brooklyn Bar, a 7-year-old bar/lounge, will celebrate National Rum Day offering all-day rum-based specials on their curated cocktails to include:
- MOJITO: Rum, simple syrup, lime, mint, soda float
- OL DUTTY: Caruba dark rum, wray and nephew, falernum, lime
- 608 RUM PUNCH: Light rum, coconut rum, grenadine, pineapple, orange
Why Sweet Brooklyn Bar and Other Black Businesses Matter
According to the 2019 census information, of the roughly 1 million restaurants in the country, about 8 percent are Black-owned, and about 2,800 are owned by Black women.
“I was inspired by legacy and ownership. I’ve always wanted to own my own business, and once I was close to having a family of my own the desire intensified. As I learned more about the history of this country as an adult and really began to grasp the value in legacy and generational wealth it was clear that the path to obtain that was ownership,” says Ka-wana Jefferson.
On September 21, Jefferson and the team at her other venture, Sweet Catch BK will celebrate its 1-year anniversary during the week of Fall Equinox with a special week of programming including a cocktail reception, happy hour and dinner promotions. The fast-casual, seafood focused, restaurant is steeped in the entrepreneur’s family cultural southern heritage and located in the heart of Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The coastal meets chic designed, 1,100 square foot restaurant welcomes up to 50 seated guests (in the main dining room and backyard patio). Their signature entree is inspired by seafood boils created by enslaved Africans throughout the South, specifically within the Gullah/Geechee community.