With Black History Month just around the corner, Yelp is celebrating the occasion by making it even easier for users to support Black-owned businesses. In June of last year, the popular review site added a filter that allows people to search for businesses that have identified themselves as Black-owned. But with so many options to choose from, Yelp has decided to highlight the cream of the crop across a variety of categories with its list of Black-Owned Businesses to Watch in 2021.
"Supporting local businesses has always been core to the mission of Yelp and we're seeing our users increasingly search for Black-owned businesses to support. There are so many amazing Black-owned businesses to discover and we created this list of Ones to Watch as a guide to use throughout the year," says Yelp's trend expert, Tara Lewis.
Considering that Yelp first gained its notoriety through user-based restaurant reviews, it's no surprise that one of the categories on this list is food, honoring Black-owned restaurants and eateries across the U.S.