Tastebuds light up at Downtown Dine Around
by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland
Apr 17, 2014 | 942 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A delicious adventure is coming to our historic downtown Cleveland on Thursday, May 1. And it’s just one of many in a series of events being staged downtown through MainStreet and various other organizations.

Downtown Dine Around is the delicious adventure organized by MainStreet Cleveland to feature nine restaurants in the immediate downtown business district.

This is a great and creative way to support downtown, sample the cuisine at the nine restaurants and at the same time have a fun evening with family and friends.

Our downtown restaurants feature everything from fine dining to country cooking, to just grabbing a quick snack or pastry. Some restaurants are very new and some are well-established.

Downtown Dine Around is a good way for all nine restaurants to showcase their culinary talents and for the rest of us to check them all out — all for one low price.

The event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. with food samples offered from the following restaurants: Café Roma, Cobblestone Grill, The Spot, Five Point Square, Catch Bar & Grill, CBC Cleveland, Bon Life Coffee, Gardner's Market and Mexi Wings. All the restaurants are within walking distance so it makes for an enchanting time of food and fellowship for everyone taking part. And there’s more!

There will be live music! MainStreet Cleveland has arranged for live jazz musicians to be performing on Ocoee Street, Broad Street and First Street Square throughout the event.

Advance tickets are on sale now for $20 each and available at Café Roma, Gardner's Market and Bank of Cleveland’s downtown main office. Tickets are $25 if purchased during the event and will be available at the Courthouse Plaza from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

Downtown Dine Around is a great way to start spring and summer in a series of downtown events.

April 26 begins another season for the MainStreet Cruise-In, a monthly attraction that brings hundreds of vintage cars and people downtown each weekend from springtime through September.

In May, the Evening Shade concerts always attract a crowd and feature music and entertainment in the park each weekend during the month. Live concerts are held each Friday evening at 6:30 in the beautiful First Street Square Park.

Another great May event is the annual American Cancer Society's Relay for Life which begins downtown on the night of May 2 with an 8 p.m. kickoff. Sandra and I will be honored to be on hand as we begin the weekend of events spotlighting cancer survivors and remembering those who have lost their lives to this dread disease. It’s a worthy cause and I encourage each and every one of you to take some time out on those two days to visit the Relay for Life venue and contribute to the cause.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.

A good friend who is a 12-year cancer survivor will be celebrating his 50th birthday that weekend so Sandra and I pledged a dollar for each year to help him reach his goal. Robert Bradney is a local Realtor, a husband, father and active community leader. His survivor story is one that will inspire all who meet him. I’m sure he’d appreciate a 50th birthday “gift” in the form of a donation to the fight against cancer.

The weekend will also memorialize loved ones who lost their battles with cancer. Our family has several people we will be remembering as well.

If you have never attended a Relay for Life event, May 1 is your chance to have some fun and at the same time raise funds for the fight against this terrible disease. The event begins with a high-energy Opening Ceremony, followed by relays and laps run by cancer survivors and cancer caregivers. The Luminaria Ceremony will remember those who lost their lives to cancer and a Fight-Back Ceremony will symbolize the emotional commitment we all make to fight cancer. A special Closing Ceremony will wrap up the series of events.

Watch for times for each of these events and come be a part of it to honor someone, to remember someone or to help in our global fight to eradicate cancer for future generations.

I have only briefly mentioned all the great things being held in downtown Cleveland in coming weeks. There are more, so watch for other summer events downtown to be announced in the near future.

This month, MainStreet Cleveland celebrates the 10th anniversary of its efforts to develop a downtown master plan. The accomplishments from that plan will be reviewed during this month's membership luncheon.

Our city has been an accredited Tennessee MainStreet Community since 1990 and includes a varied membership of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and friends of downtown.

These are folks who truly understand the vital role downtown plays in any community. I like to refer to downtown as the “heartbeat” of any city.

From Inman Street to Interstate 75, downtown is where our history and heritage can be found. Even as we continue to grow in all our commercial and cultural venues across nearly 30 square miles of our city, we do it with a sense of commitment and “spirit.” Hence, it is why we are called “The City With Spirit.”

Enjoy spring and summer at home in Historic Downtown Cleveland!