Mayor Urges Residents To Support Local Restaurants By Eating Out For LunchBy Valencia Jones

DUNWOODY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Just like traffic in some areas has slowed to a crawl during the COVID-19 pandemic, so has the lunch crowd in lots of areas. Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch launched a Let’s Do Lunch Campaign to help speed things back up.

“When I talk to restaurants, which I do on a regular basis, they all talk about how slow their lunch has been,” said Deutsch. “I came up with the idea of ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ to remind people to go out for lunch, even if they’re just picking up and taking it home.”

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She wants everyone to resume their regular lunch dining habits, supporting local restaurants. “If they’re comfortable eating inside or meeting a colleague from the office outside for lunch, it’s a really good way to connected.”

In spite of the challenges, many of these businesses still give back to the community, supporting first responders during the pandemic and in other ways.

“We’re giving back by doing spirit night for different sports teams and elementary schools,” said Porter Brew & Que Brewery General Manger Greg Gordon, who mentioned his restaurant’s lunch specials for teachers and students. Porter Brew & Que has lunch specials for teachers and students. “Every day, there’s a $7 meal they can come in and get.”

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Geoff Melkonian, the owner of Breadwinner Cafe and Bakery, says the community support has been phenomenal. Like many restaurants, they’re doing a lot more takeout and curbside orders than they otherwise would. “We’ve had to reinvent ourselves several times in different ways,” Melkonian said.

They just opened their Dunwoody location on July 31 during the pandemic. They’ve also been in business in Sandy Springs for 10 years, where officials are also launching a ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ campaign. “A lot of these recipes are my family’s recipes, so to be able to share that with the community has been so overwhelming,” said Melkonian, describing items on their menu.

Mayor Deutsch says she’d like to see more cities jump on this campaign trail. She’s urging everyone to bring their empty stomachs, an appetite for supporting local businesses, and a mask for now. The restaurants say they’ll do the rest.

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