Clyde Greenhouse, and his assistant, Cynara Harrison, share a light moment with customers at a booth set up to offer cookies for sale. Representing the small business, Kessler baking Studio in Dallas, the two were marketing the company's wares to mall shoppers. The North Texas Black Restaurant Week held its kickoff event at Southwest center Mall in Dallas on May 17, 2017. 

Clyde Greenhouse, and his assistant, Cynara Harrison, share a light moment with customers at a booth set up to offer cookies for sale. Representing the small business, Kessler baking Studio in Dallas, the two were marketing the company's wares to mall shoppers. The North Texas Black Restaurant Week held its kickoff event at Southwest center Mall in Dallas on May 17, 2017. 

Steve Hamm/Special Contributor

Updated June 19, 2018, at 1 p.m.

North Texas Black Restaurant Week returned for its third year on June 16 with a kickoff at Southwest Center Mall.

The week is timed to coincide with Juneteenth, the annual celebration of when slaves in Texas learned they were free on June 19, 1865. That was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law.

The kickoff event on June 16 included demonstrations from chefs and meet and greets with the owners who will be participating June 17-23. Participating outlets cover the metropolitan area, from Arlington to Waxahachie. Those include Kessler Baking Studio, Edible Cravings Catering, Smooth Vibes Mobile Latte Bar and La Buona Cucina Bistro Restaurant, among others.

Participating restaurants will have specials tied to North Texas Black Restaurant Week. For the full list, go to the event's website at ntxblackrestaurantweek.com.

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