It's Juneteenth. What's for dinner?

Restaurateurs consider their role in newest national holiday

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Since the U.S government in 2021 upgraded Juneteenth from a Texas-based emancipation commemoration to a federal holiday celebrating African American freedom, cultural groups and media outlets have hurried to explain the festivities. Countless online factsheets cover its history, purpose, and importance.

What most of those overviews don’t touch on, though, is a question on hard-core restaurant diners’ minds: Am I supposed to make a reservation?


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