Introducing Eat Local Wednesdays

I feel like we say it every time we see a local place close, but everyone who writes here hates a day that a local place closes. With the closing of Southern Gourmasian earlier this week, it got me to thinking about ways we can be more proactive about local dining.

After a bit of thought and tossing the idea around to friends I have decided to kick off Eat Local Wednesdays as a way to encourage, promote, and spread the word of local dining.

Here is the idea.

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On Wednesday morning at 8am we will post out an open thread for comments. Go to a local* restaurant, coffee shop, bar, or brewery that day and take a photo of the top of your receipt, just enough to show the date and the name of the place, and leave it as a comment on that post before 11:59pm Wednesday. (I don’t care how much you spend or what you order, although you are free to post it all).

We will take the comments and draw a random winner the next day to receive a gift card of at least $25 to a local establishment.

One entry per person, but if you want to add another chance to win you can also post a picture of what you had on Instagram and tag us in it (@RockCityEats).

Make sense? If not feel free to message us and say so.

We are going to run the first couple on our own, but if a business or restaurant wants to sponsor a week or offer up a gift card, we are happy with that. This is meant to be a weekly community event, we are just facilitating. If you are interested please send me a message.

Ultimately we want this to be a fun weekly event that will help drive business on a slower day of the week. In the future we may do themed specific Wednesdays such as tacos or pizza, but for now anything goes.

*We are going to use a loose definition of local establishment here. No mass chains basically. If they are not locally headquartered then it needs to be one of no more than 5 locations. So for example: Dust Bowl, Soul Fish, or even Shorty Smalls is ok, Slim Chickens not so much. We want to impact small independently owned places.

**We are going to allow any place located in Arkansas as long as they meet the criteria above. However gift cards will be given for the Little Rock area.

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Introducing Eat Local Wednesdays