Let’s support our downtown restaurants

Morris Downtown Development Partnership has a few promotions

2020 was a difficult year for our downtown restaurants. Is there something you can do to help? Yes, and the Morris Downtown Development Partnership has created a few promotions to help you support them.

Downtown Morris loves its festivals, so let’s continue the tradition and support our downtown dining establishments by participating in Food Fest $20. We’ve done the math. By committing to spend at least $20 each week in takeout this winter, we may be the difference between economic survival or closure for our favorite dining establishments. That’s $20 each week, per person. If a quarter of Morris’ almost 15,000 residents (or 3,750 people) pledge to spend $20 a week at our downtown restaurants, that would mean $75,000 a week spent at our restaurants. With about 20 downtown restaurants, that equates to $3,750 per restaurant each week to cover operational costs. So let’s pledge today to consistently order takeout and support our local restaurants while this is their only option. Visit http://chng.it/2XtxNsNf67 to pledge. Visit the Facebook group “Food Fest $20 – Downtown Morris” and share your experience. A list of downtown restaurants can be viewed at www.eatatmorris.com. Please participate and spread the word.

As important as it is to spend at least $20 a week at downtown restaurants, the Morris Downtown Development Partnership is planning something bigger later in January: “Rally for Restaurants” – Downtown Morris Restaurant Week. Participating downtown restaurants will offer special menus and/or discounts from Jan. 22 to 31. Be sure to mention “Rally for Restaurants” when you visit restaurants, and save your receipts from each business you visit for a chance to win a $200 Grundy County Chamber of Commerce gift certificate. The more businesses you visit, the greater your opportunity to win. Passports outlining what each restaurant will be offering will be available soon at participating restaurants. And be sure to visit our webpage www.eatatmorris.com for information.

So let’s rally for our restaurants to ensure that they will be open to serve us in the years to come.

• Julie Applegate is the executive director of the Morris Downtown Development Partnership.