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Support Our Restaurants

by Russell Swanson, Exec. Dir., VDID, Main Street Vineland

Last spring, we developed a program to help our downtown restaurants, when the COVID crisis was really beginning to take hold—Take Out Thursdays.

The premise of this program was simple. It was a way to give our restaurants on The Ave an extra boost during the hard times. It was a way for you to discover—or rediscover—the great variety of ethnic cuisines available on The Ave. This isn’t faux ethnic food—out of a box or a can—but authentic ethnic cuisine, made like you would get at home.

The program was so successful as we featured a different restaurant each week that we’re bringing it back this year, starting this Thursday, February 11, with Taste Buds, at 22 W. Landis Avenue. Vegans Are Us, 636 E. Landis Avenue, will be the highlighted restaurant February 18, and Landis Pig Roast, 623 E. Landis Avenue, will be featured on February 25. Watch for news on the featured restaurants for future months. We’ll have the events every week on our Facebook page with the restaurant’s phone number, hours, and menu.

By all means, take advantage of this program on Thursdays, but don’t necessarily wait for Thursdays to visit our downtown restaurants and take out some delicious food, make it a regular conscious habit. During this crisis, restaurants are still hurting. Despite limited indoor dining, they still aren’t bustling with diners sitting at tables wining and dining. That impacts everyone—from the owners, to the kitchen staff, to the waitstaff, to the bus staff. Workers are laid off and those still working take a hit. Your continued patronage and support mean a lot and can keep the restaurants afloat during this quarantine. While you’re at it, tip generously. It shows that you care and puts that much more money in the pockets of these hard-working people who need it. Enjoy great food and help a worthy cause.

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Just a reminder that we have a COVID vaccination clinic right on The Ave, which will also provide COVID testing. It’s operating through the Vineland Health Department and is located in the former Landis MarketPlace building, at 631 E. Landis Ave. It’s handy, well-organized and there for you. You can get more information by contacting the Health Department at 856-794-4131.

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Remember that Main Street Vineland is here to help. In the spirit of social distancing and respecting the safety of our staff, our office is currently closed to walk-in public though we are still working every day.

We pass this information along to our businesses every Tuesday, in the 9 a.m. hour, on 99.9 POP FM, Channel 22, and on Facebook Live on facebook.com/popfm999. n

For more on Main Street Vineland, call our office at 856-794-8653, visit TheAve.biz—or check us out on Facebook. You can also e-mail me at rswanson@vinelandcity.org.

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