Open for Business: Downtown Elgin Grub Crawl

It’s not New Year’s resolution time just yet so loosen your belts and bring your appetites as the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin officially welcomes seven new restaurants to our downtown with another installment of our award-winning Open for Business progressive ribbon cuttings aptly titled the Downtown Elgin Grub Crawl.

Over the next two weeks, we invite the public to come for a ribbon cutting with the business owners, staff, DNA board members and other Elgin dignitaries at a different new downtown restaurant each day and then stay to enjoy lunch or dinner to get to know your newest downtown neighbors.

The Downtown Elgin Grub Crawl schedule is as follows:

Updated Grub Crawl Ribbon Cutting Schedule

Monday, December 10, Noon
In the Neighborhood Fresh
Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Avenue

Tuesday, December 11, Noon
On the Side Restaurant
74 S. Grove Avenue

Wednesday, December 12, 6PM
Danny’s on Douglas
231 Douglas Avenue

Thursday, December 13, Noon
La Erencia de mis Padres
165 E. Highland Avenue

Monday, December 17, 8AM
M Squared Bakery
National Street Metra Station

Friday, December 21, 4PM
Chooch’s Pizza
64 S. Grove Avenue

Friday, December 21, 5PM
Mr. Tequila’s
51 S. Grove Avenue

Check out the highlights of the Downtown Elgin Grub Crawl Ribbon Cuttings to date >

As a tasty incentive, the DNA is also offering a punchcard promotion where guests who attend at least five of the seven Grub Crawl ribbon cuttings will be eligible for a drawing for $50 in Downtown Elgin gift certificates. Punchcards will be available at the DNA office, 2 Douglas Avenue, beginning Monday, December 10 or at any of the ribbon cuttings.

The DNA launched the Open for Business in Downtown Elgin progressive ribbon cuttings in April to welcome eight new businesses that had opened their doors in the first quarter of 2012. In late June, the DNA revived Open for Business to honor one of downtown’s newest businesses, Soulful Sparrow, and one of downtown’s most tenured businesses, Central Barber Shop.

This past September, DNA’s Open for Business in Downtown Elgin progressive ribbon cuttings were honored with a Lt. Governor’s Award for Main Street Revitalization for Outstanding Economic Development program at the Illinois Main Street Conference and Awards Dinner in Quincy, IL.

Watch a video recap of the April Open for Business in Downtown Elgin progressive ribbon cuttings on YouTube: