This Detroit Restaurant Tailors Dining According To Patrons’ Privilege

This Detroit Restaurant Tailors Dining According To Patrons’ Privilege
Cafe & Restaurant

Saartje has come the Michigan city as a pop-up experience, serving food alongside an experiment that tests how people view racial inequality

Jiwon Kim
  • 7 may 2018

A few months ago, chef Tunde Wey managed to serve food while setting up a social experiment in New Orleans. He suggested that white customers pay 2.5 times more than the people of color at restaurant SAARTJ— and 80% of white guests did. According to NPR, the median income of black families continues to fall, while that of white households remains steady—a 54% inequality gap. To address this issue, the chef is now using his food to create waves in Detroit.

The pop-up is in Michigan’s most populous city this week, where visitors will fill out a form that asks them about their race, gender, education and income. This information is then used to influence the menu, cost and define the experience, aiming to be tailored to the individual’s privilege as the restaurant calculates it. The decision to open a pop-up in Detroit stems from the fact that the city went through and continues to go racial issues, including the race riots of 1967.

Saartj is meant to be a place where people can eat good food but also have important conversations about institutional racism and the widening racial disparity. The restaurant’s website also has informative reading on racial divides that anyone can check out.

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A few months ago, chef Tunde Wey managed to serve food while setting up a social experiment in New Orleans. He suggested that white customers pay 2.5 times more than the people of color at restaurant SAARTJ— and 80% of white guests did. According to NPR, the median income of black families continues to fall, while that of white households remains steady—a 54% inequality gap. To address this issue, the chef is now using his food to create waves in Detroit.

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