A couple of new initiatives launched recently to encourage diners to support local businesses in the Downtown and Old Strathcona areas.
Explore Edmonton has created the Downtown Dining Pass, a free mobile passport that currently provides discounts at 11 participating businesses. The pass launched on Feb. 8, the same day in-person dining restrictions were relaxed, but both dine-in and take-out deals are available. The pass does not currently have an expiry date, but because of its digital nature, deals can be updated by the restaurant at any time. Additional businesses may also be added.
Explore Edmonton media relations manager Nancy Gordy shared that they wanted to curate a pass that wouldn’t overwhelm the consumer, hence the focus on Downtown businesses only at this time. “Many downtown restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic, so we want to do all we can to help,” said Gordy. “We have been chatting about creating passes for other areas, businesses, and neighbourhoods as well.”