By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
People love to multitask and there is no better example than Restaurant Week, when diners can eat and help at the same time.
The event runs starts Monday and ends Jan. 31.
Hosted by Keep Cleveland Boring and the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, the seventh Restaurant Week promotes local restaurants during a traditionally slow business period and raises money for a community cause.
Same as last year, money raised will go toward a downtown concert to be announced at a later date.
In the past Restaurant Week has raised over $1,000 and funded painting bike lanes in Cleveland as well as providing live music on a regular basis at local restaurants.
Participating restaurants will feature a special menu item for the cause.
Each order of that item will see a $1 donated to the cause.
Judson Thigpen, executive director of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, said the weeklong event has established itself as a yearly tradition.
“I think it’s something that we look forward to every year,” Thigpen said. “Getting restaurants involved, kind of gets the year started out with a little shape to it.
“And I think people have come to figure out what it’s for. We’re wanting to use the proceeds for it to fund a downtown concert at some point during the year.
“I think it’ll be good for everybody to go around. All of the restaurants have a particular menu item that they’ll donate a dollar from if somebody orders it. They’ll donate a dollar to the fund and we’ll build it up from all the different restaurants.”
Participating restaurants include Avocado’s Bar and Grill, Crawdad’s, Hey Joe’s, Mosquito Burrito, Country Platter, J & W Smokehouse, Sakura, Delta Meat Market, No Way Jose, The Warehouse, Papa Roc’s, Airport Grocery, Levee Break, Domino’s, the Senator’s Place, Lost Pizza Co., Food Fix, Mississippi Grounds, Lenny’s Grill and Subs and Wing Haven.