Spectators and others visiting Downtown New Bedford for the Half Marathon Road Race on March 15 will get a special treat this year – a “Downtown Restaurant Run.” Restaurants, pubs and sandwich shops will be offering free samples of their specialties. Not to be outdone, Downtown retailers will feature race day discounts and Downtown museums will be open free to the public. The event is being sponsored by Downtown New Bedford, Inc., in cooperation with race sponsors Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the City of New Bedford.
Downtown New Bedford, Inc. Executive Director, Diane Nichols, explained that the Restaurant Run event and the Half Marathon just seemed like a perfect fit. “Downtown New Bedford is so alive now,” she commented. “Race day offers a perfect opportunity for us to show off our great dining establishments and unique shops. We want our visitors to experience what a fun and friendly place this is.”
The list of participating restaurants and pubs includes: Brick (pizza); Cafe Arpeggio; Catwalk Bar and Grille, Cork Wine & Tapas Bar, Destination Soup, Freestone’s City Grill, The Green Bean cafe, Hibernia Irish Pub, No Problemo Mexican Restaurant, On-A-Roll Specialty Sandwiches, Pour Farm Tavern, Rose Alley Ale House, Spicy Lime Thai Cuisine and Travessia Winery. Participating retailers and museums include: The Bay/Cottage Clothing, be jeweled, The Bedford Merchant, Blush Beauty Bar, Calico, Carter’s Clothing, Celia’s Boutique, Elaine’s Home of the Black Whale, Gallery X, Judith Klein Gallery, Arthur Moniz Gallery Moby Dick Retail, TL6 the Gallery, Vetu Consignment and Gifts, and the Whaling Museum.
Maps showing the locations of all participating venues and their individual offerings are available at each location and on our web-site at www.downtownnb.org. Attendees getting their maps stamped at the businesses on the map will have their names entered in a lottery with great prizes donated by sponsoring businesses: Cape Air- 2 roundtrip tickets NB to MV, New England Fast Ferry -4 roundtrip tickets; Hampton Inn -overnight stay, Whaling City Expeditions & Waterfront Grille-harbor tour for 4 and $50 gift certificate; Cork Wine & Tapas Bar-$50. gift certificate – Family 4 Pack of passes to the Whaling Museum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Oceans 18 Indoor Black Light Mini Golf.
The event will begin at noon and continue to 4:00 pm with some merchants opening earlier and/or closing later. Free parking will be available at both the Elm St. and Zeiterion garages as well as at the Custom House Square parking lot.
For additional information, contact Diane Nichols at 508-990-2777 or email@example.com.