With the launch of a new program this week in Cherry Creek, the bill comes with a little treat.
Through the “Dine Out to Help Out Cherry Creek” program, which launches Wednesday, customers who spend $25 or more at participating restaurants will receive a $25 gift card to use at the same location on a return visit.
Thirty-three restaurants in the one-square-mile area are in the campaign, including The Cherry Cricket, Le Bilboquet Denver, Olive and Finch, Kona Grill, The Corner Beet, Cucina Colore, Machete, Blue Island Oyster Bar and more.
Matt Joblon, who leads BMC Investments and organized the donations from local businesses, said the 6,000 “thank you” cards total more than $150,000.
”We all benefit from Cherry Creek’s restaurants and service providers, who create these exceptional experiences for all of us, and they’ve done nothing to deserve this suffering, which is just not right,” he said. “So we’re going to step up and do something about it.”
Major donors who funded the campaign include his own real estate development firm, Broe Real Estate, FirstBank, The Jacquard Hotel, Land Title, Alpine Bank, RK and Western Development.
They also have raised $50,000 to provide meals for food service workers in the Cherry Creek area who have been laid off and others in need through Denver’s Feed the Frontlines program.
There are nearly 80 restaurants in Cherry Creek’s one square mile, from Colorado Boulevard to University Boulevard and 6th Avenue to Cherry Creek South Drive.
“We wanted to create some momentum in the area,” Joblon said. “Buying gift cards from each restaurant will not only give them some immediate support, but also incentivize customers, who are already spending money, to return in the future. We want these restaurants to have a stronger balance sheet and more revenue to keep employees and start to hire some back.”