Continuing the recognition and celebration of the diverse range of delicious food, rich history and culture that Black-owned restaurants contribute to the American experience beyond Black Restaurant Week, PepsiCo is partnering with Bronzeville restaurant Two Fish Crab Shack to offer a one- day “Free Fried Shrimp Friday” for the local community. With support from PepsiCo, Two Fish Crab Shack will serve customers free fried shrimp (until supplies last) on Friday, August 13.
A customer of PepsiCo since 2019, Two Fish Crab Shack’s owner Yasmin Curtis is a native of Bronzeville and chose the location with the intention of serving the community and neighborhood she calls home, where there has recently been more support for Black women-owned businesses. PepsiCo will present a donation of $15,000 to Chicago nonprofit organization Polished Pebbles, whose mission is closely aligned with Curtis’s passion for economic development, mentorship and philanthropy. Polished Pebbles seeks to eliminate the “hope gap” experienced by the many girls of color in Chicago who are navigating structural barriers and community violence through supportive services, education and employment opportunities.
The initiative is as part of PepsiCo’s Racial Equality Journey, a more than $570 million set of initiatives focused on increasing representation, and uplifting Black and Hispanic businesses and communities in the U.S.—including through Pepsi’s Dig In, a platform to discover and celebrate Black-owned restaurants.
“Free Fried Shrimp Friday” runs from 1pm-8pm at Two Fish Crab Shack located at 641 E 47th St.