Chef Jeff Black has established himself as a force in the Washington D.C. community through a lifetime of commitment to the restaurant industry and philanthropic efforts within the community. Chef Black and his wife Barbara opened their first restaurant, the temporarily shuttered Addie’s in Rockville, MD, in 1996, and the two determined chefs have successfully expanded since then with five more restaurants and a bar. Barbara and Jeff, with partner, Jon Linck, own and operate Black Market Bistro, Black's Bar and Kitchen, BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace & Black Jack, and Tilt in the vibrant 14th Street neighborhood, and the newest addition to the family, Republic.
While each restaurant has its own distinct style, all share a common commitment to great food, eco-friendly practices, and quality service. Black Restaurant Group supports the sustainability of farms and waters, humane and healthful treatment of animals and fish, and environmentally sound practices regarding energy, recycling and conservation. In 2013, they were one of the first independently run restaurant groups to launch a traceability program throughout all of their operations. The program utilizes QR codes, which direct guests to detailed information on species of seafood offered as well as their farmers and producers.
In addition to their sustainable practices, Black Restaurant Group seeks to make a difference in the community by partnering with and supporting local charities through the Black's Family Foundation. Most notably, they are proud to have donated $200,000, raised exclusively by staff and patrons of the Black Restaurant Group, to the Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center. The complex was renovated in 2013, and is especially important to Jeff and Barbara Black, whose sons Simon and Oliver receive treatment for Juvenile Diabetes at the facility.
Each of the Black restaurants is routinely recognized by critics and guests alike as some of the top restaurants in the area, ranking in Washingtonian’s “100 Very Best Restaurants” issue. In 2012, Jeff and Barbara Black were recognized for their success as Restaurateurs of the Year from both Washingtonian and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.