Every year, organizers say Devour Downtown has grown, and they hope this year is no different.
However, there are some factors that will make it tough to top last year’s attendance. Visitors of last year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis contributed greatly to the event’s attendees. Additionally, current freezing temperatures could derail people from participating in the event, which started this week.
Devour Downtown’s organizers told Fox59 not all restaurants report their final money numbers so it’s tough to gauge the exact economic impact, but they’re expecting nearly 100,000 diners during the winter session at the 50 participating restaurants.
The event, which lasts for two weeks, features dozens of restaurants that offer special deals to help get people through the door, and organizers say these weeks used be among the slowest of the year.
Matthew Kennedy, the general manager of BARcelona Tapas, says Devour Downtown represents the best weeks.
“It’s almost crucial. These days, we understand that people’s wallets are being stretched,” said Kennedy. “The economy is not what it was 10-15 years ago. And anything we can do to create buzz, create energy not just for an individual restaurant, but for all of downtown.”
Not only does the event benefit the local economy, it gives you an opportunity to impact other people’s lives as well. For the first time, all the restaurants participating in the event have come together to choose one nonprofit partner, Back on My Feet. The organization helps to restore confidence in the homeless through exercising.
You can also text “Feet Devour” to 52000 to donate $10 to Back on My Feet.