Florence Main Street Announces Nominated Charities for Florence Restaurant Week 2016

image-7For the last four weeks Florence Main Street has been collecting on-line and mail-in nominations from the community for their favorite charity to be on the Restaurant Week ballot.  After sorting over 750 nominations submitted between September 15-October 13, Florence Main Street finally has the top three most nominated charities and the two wild-card picks who will compete for the coveted $5,000 from our Presenting Sponsor, McDaniel Window & Door.

Last year, Presenting Sponsor Mike McDaniel awarded the $5,000 check to winning charity Shoals Sav-A-Life, and this year he is looking forward to making another charity very happy.

This year, we are thrilled to announce a second sponsor – Alabama Outdoors! During restaurant week be sure to go and visit Alabama Outdoors to see their fall inventory and cool specials. When you make a purchase show them your receipt from a participating downtown restaurant and they will donate 10 percent of your Alabama Outdoors purchase toward a check for the second place charity!  

In no particular order, the five charity finalists are: Room In The Inn, Salvation Army, Heart of Alabama Save Rescue Adopt, Meals on Wheels and Sidney’s Safe Foundation.  All five charities will be competing for the communities’ vote during Florence Restaurant Week, October 21st – October 30th. Whether you buy a cup of coffee from Rivertown or have dinner at Odette, every purchase will come with a ballot for the opportunity to vote for the charity of your choice.

Join Florence Main Street for our preview of Florence Restaurant Week during the Taste of Downtown event on Tuesday, Oct. 18th at Singin’ River Brewing Company! Get to know the nominated charities you will be voting for from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, while tasting samples of dishes prepared by all participating restaurants. Admission: $10 in advance and $15 at the door (while supplies last). Tickets can be purchased online at www.dineoutflorence.com and www.florencemainstreet.org or at the Florence Main Street Office ~ 301 N Pine Street.

FLORENCE RESTAURANT WEEK IS OCTOBER 21st-30th. Please help us do good where it counts by voting for one of the five charities by dining at any of the participating downtown restaurants and shopping at Alabama Outdoors!

Participating Restaurants: On the Rocks, Pie Factory, Woodpecker Café, Wildwood Tavern, Rivertown Coffee, FloBama, 306 BBQ, Odette, Legends, Ricatoni’s Italian Grill, City Hardware, Singin River Brewing Co., and Rosie’s Mexican Cantina.
Florence Main Street is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to working with business owners, community leaders, and residents toward the common goal of revitalizing Downtown Florence, culturally and economically. For more information about us or any of these efforts, please contact Florence Main Street at 256-760-9648 or info@florencemainstreet.org.

Taste of Downtown


Florence Main Street is kicking off Florence Restaurant Week with the Taste of Downtown on Tuesday, October 18th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Singin’ River Brewery, 526 E College Street, Florence AL.

The Taste of Downtown is a fun event showcasing participating downtown restaurants, sponsors of Restaurant Week, our judges, and volunteers. In addition, we will unveil the five local charities that make it to the coveted charity ballot. This is the community’s opportunity to sample fabulous food from our downtown restaurants while meeting some of our local charities in person to ask questions and understand how they impact the Shoals.

Participating restaurants include: Odette, Rivertown Coffee Company, The Pie Factory, 306 BBQ, City Hardware, Woodpecker Cafe, Rosie’s Mexican Cantina, FloBama Music Hall, Wildwood Tavern, On the Rocks, Legends Steakhouse, Ricatoni’s Italian Grill, Renaissance Olive Oil Company and Singin’ River Brewing Company.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Florence Main Street Office located at 301 N. Pine Street.

For additional information about Florence Restaurant Week please visit www.dineoutflorence.com

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