Downtown Jacksonville: Spending Money Locally

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, if just half of the employed population in the U.S. spent $50 every month at local businesses, they would generate more than $42.6 billion in local revenue.

Lucky for epicureans, Eat Up Downtown, Downtown Jacksonville’s two-week dining promotion, is back for those who love spending money locally yet still save a buck. Aug. 12-25, more than 20 restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe menus. These locally owned gems feature cuisine from around the globe. At Indochine and Basil Thai & Sushi, you can enjoy Thai meals, while down the street you can stop by Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub for Irish cuisine. If you want to take a trip to Brazil or Mexico, you have the opportunity to try Brazilian Corner and Cinco de Mayo. You can get a taste of Italy by visiting Casa Dora, Vito’s Italian Café or Big Pete’s.

And new this year you can even dine on the St. Johns River aboard the Foxy Lady Cruises for only $45 on Friday, Aug. 16.

Last year, Eat Up Downtown welcomed more than 20,000 diners from all over Jacksonville and the region. These types of promotions encourage residents and visitors to spend their money locally, helping the local economy revenue grow during a traditionally slow dining season.

This year, make plans for a night on the town! For two weeks, you can grab dinner and drinks for less than $50 and help boost the local economy.

Support local, dine global – all in one night Downtown.

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