(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) Locals BKNY, a food market in Fort Greene, received the Livable Wage Restaurant of the Year award for Brooklyn by One Fair Wage at an award ceremony on Tuesday.
Locals BKNY received the award for paying a full minimum wage to all employees and its commitment to the issue. Mutale Kanyanta, the market's founder, accepted the award at The Graduate Center at CUNY.
The New York High Road Restaurant Awards recognized the restaurants that are raising wages and advancing equity to recruit and retain staff during the Great Resignation, which refers to an ongoing trend that began in 2021 when employees voluntarily resigned from their jobs for various reasons.
The award of Racial Equity Independent Restaurant of the Year, which goes to the restaurant that has demonstrated the greatest commitment to racial equity, especially upward mobility for workers of color and women of color, was given to fellow Brooklyn establishment Skal Brooklyn of Bed-Stuy.
All award winners receive a plaque, a grant of $1,000 and public recognition.
The awards ceremony was hosted by One Fair Wage in conjunction with RAISE: High Road Restaurants, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment at Queens College.