HOLLIDAYSBURG - Borough officials are working this week to promote Hollidaysburg restaurants after some were closed due to a threat to area water.
The water threat was sent Oct. 25, prompting a two-day advisory against drinking or cooking with tap water. Although not all restaurants had to close, most were impacted by the threats, said Main Street Manager Jamie Baser.
Hollidaysburg Restaurant Week seeks to encourage residents to visit local eateries in hopes of regaining some of that lost business.
Restaurant Week kicked off Friday and continues through Sunday.
Mayor Joseph Dodson presented Baser with a $1,000 check to help support the initiative.
Baser said the dates were selected to line up with the Borough Council's meeting schedule.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
-- Area residents are encouraged to eat at any restaurant in Hollidaysburg.
-- Patrons are eligible to enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate, which is usable at Hollidaysburg businesses.
-- Participating restaurants will have a red Restaurant Week sign near their entries.
"We decided that we should make it the week following the council meeting to make it fun and more official," she said.
The idea for Restaurant Week came from Mary Ann Bennis, a local resident.
Bennis said her daughter, Katey, suggested a week dedicated to local businesses after she saw the news about the threat. Katey Bennis lives in Manhattan, but she knows the small-town life quite well, Bennis said.
It was a way "to turn something bad into something good," Bennis' daughter told her.
"I think it's important because we all know each other," Mary Ann Bennis said, "and that's what makes our town so special."
Baser said the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership is also holding a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Hollidaysburg businesses as a way to promote Restaurant Week. Almost all of the restaurants in the borough have slips for patrons to enter - the only prerequisite is that entrants must eat there.
Bennis said the water threat and a bomb threat at the Blair County Courthouse that preceded it have affected everyone who lives in the borough.