Downtown Restaurant Week Oct. 31 – Nov. 6

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Geneva BID Launches Downtown Restaurant Week
First-Annual Event October 31 through November 6 Benefits Boys & Girls Club of Geneva

October 15, 2020 (Geneva, NY) – The Geneva BID launches the first-annual “#commit2geneva Downtown Restaurant Week” benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva. Participating restaurants will offer a range of specials, unique menu items, in addition to their traditional menu from October 31st to November 6th; and make a donation benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva.

“The Geneva BID continues to look for ways to promote safe events and activities that entice people to visit downtown as our businesses fight to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Geneva BID Executive Director, Michael P. Mills. “The generosity of these restaurants, especially during tough economic times, is incredible. And we hope local residents and visitors will try more than one during the week – and beyond.”

Diners will be able to use a QR code to download the list of participating restaurants on posters around town, and on the Geneva BID website and Facebook page. And diners are encouraged to post photos of their outings to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #genevadineweek. Those who post to social media will be placed into a drawing for one free ticket to an upcoming Geneva BID event.

“The Downtown Geneva merchants have always been a backbone of our organization, supporting us throughout the year in our work. Downtown is the heart and soul of this community and we look forward to helping fill the restaurants for this event,” said Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Executive Director, Chris Lavin.

The Boys and Girls Club were selected because of the critical role they play in our community, feeding and empowering young people. The work is outcome and data-driven and increasingly meaningful in the current COVID-19 climate and economy.

Participating restaurants include Bellia’s Sicilian Ristorante, Cam’s Pizzeria, The Elephant Geneva, F.L.X. Fry Bird, F2T Kitchen at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront, Geneva Gelato, Opus Café, Red Dove Tavern and Water Street Café. This year’s program allowed individual restaurants the choice of how to participate to encourage creativity and donation amounts that fit within their individual circumstances, which was paramount during tough economic times. Each business is approaching restaurant week as follows:

Bella’s Sicilian Ristorante: traditional menu and 10 percent of weekly sales

Cam’s Pizzeria: donating $2.00 from every (non-discount) large pizza ordered

The Elephant Geneva: open for lunch and dinner and will make a week-end donation

F2T Kitchen at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront: open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and will offer customers a chance to donate $1, $5, or $10 and will match it

F.L.X. Fry Bird: check back for their promotion

Geneva Gelato: traditional menu and 10 percent of weekly sales

Mark’s Pizzeria: donating $2 from each large pizza ordered

Opus Café: open for breakfast and lunch and will donate five percent of weekly sales

Red Dove Tavern: is open for lunch and dinner and will make a week-end donation

Water Street Café: will offer a pumpkin pancake specials board, and donate 10 percent from those sales

This year’s restaurant week is named after the recently launched “#commit2geneva” campaign. This initiative let’s customers know our businesses are taking the necessary precautions to keep them and the staff safe; and asking visitors to do the same. The campaign, launched in July, is sponsored by Wegmans, LNB Bank and is powered by Geneva BID, 29 Design Studio and The Finger Lakes Times. Learn more about the campaign at the #commit2geneva website.


About the Geneva Business Improvement District: The Geneva BID Mission is to promote an attractive and viable downtown, and to manage an 18.5-acre business district that is high quality in appearance while maintaining an attractive environment for property owners, business people, tenants, shoppers and visitors. It also plans and coordinates events, promotes and markets businesses and provides support to merchants.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva: The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva is to connect and empower all people in our community, especially young people who need us most, to reach their full potential. Bringing Geneva Closer Together: The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva is dedicated to providing places that deliver superior, outcome-driven and responsive programs and opportunities to all segments of the Geneva community.

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