After several weeks of discussion, Malcom Crawford, executive director of the Austin African American Business Networking Association and Ravi Parakkat, Take Out 25 organizer and an Oak Park village trustee, announced the Austin community is officially joining the Takeout 25 family — the online community made up of thousands of food-lovers dedicated to supporting local restaurants.

“This is the right direction to take Takeout 25,” said Parakkat. “We’ve had the idea for some time, and it was just a matter of finding the right connections to make it happen.”

Austin residents spend a high percentage of their disposable incomes in the Oak Park area and Austin restaurants are already popular within the Takeout 25 group. The official partnership will create the opportunity for 100,000 residents and 50 Austin restaurants, including Two Sisters Catering and Restaurant, Chubby’s Char House, and Chef Daddy’s to join the throng of avid restaurant supporters.

Crawford is committed to promoting the collaboration through business networking meetings. Austin residents and restaurant owners are encouraged to join the Takeout 25 Oak Park Facebook page to promote their favorite restaurants in Austin, Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park.