Local Offer Program to Support Local Businesses and Help Those in Need

Submitted Media Release

The City of Brantford Economic Development and Tourism Department officially launched Brantford Eats Local, a pilot program of exclusive savings that allows participants to support local restaurants as well as a charitable cause. This campaign and local dining offer booklet includes 21 offers from 21 different small businesses in Brantford. All proceeds from booklet sales will be directed to Soup for the Soul, a local food security program that offers support to community members in need.

“Brantford Eats Local encourages residents to rediscover our local restaurants and explore the variety of food and drink options that are available here,” says Sara Munroe, Manager of Tourism, Culture & Sport at Tourism Brantford. “The program aims to help support local businesses, while also directing proceeds from booklet sales to community members in need.”

Brantford Eats Local offer booklets can now be purchased for $10 at the following locations:

● Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre, 399 Wayne Gretzky Pkwy.

o Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

● Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, 88 Dalhousie St.

o Hours of operation: Monday to Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

o Debit and credit only

● Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre (Swim Desk), 254 North Park St.

o Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Brantford Eats Local stems from the Economic Recovery Action Plan that was put forth by the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force in June 2020. The Economic Recovery Action Plan was created in response to the unprecedented economic hardships faced by business owners and operators in Brantford as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Programs like Brantford Eats Local are so important to our business community right now,” says Mayor Kevin Davis. Key objectives of the Economic Recovery Action Plan include providing short-term measures to assist businesses and longer-term capacity-building opportunities to sustain operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s why I’m excited to see this program roll out and strongly encourage residents to support our local businesses by choosing local dining options as much as they can.”

“Right now, the best way to help restaurants weather the pandemic is by dining with them, whether through in-person dining or by using takeout options,” says Jamie Stephens, owner of Spool Gourmet Poutine & Mac ‘N Cheese at The Rope Factory Event Hall. “Brantford Eats Local encourages residents to support the restaurants, breweries, bakeries, cafes, coffee roasters and pubs that can be found in our own backyard.”

All proceeds from the sale of Brantford Eats Local offer booklets will be directed to the Soup for the Soul program. Soup for the Soul is a meal and advocacy program that is provided free of charge to community members in Brantford who are experiencing financial or physical difficulties. Currently, the program offers nutritious lunches five days per week, serving an average of 120 clients every day. Soup for the Soul lunches are currently prepared and served using the facilities at St. Andrew’s United Church located in downtown Brantford.

The inaugural Brantford Eats Local booklet includes exclusive offers from the following partners:

  • Altitude Coffee Roasters
  • Good Friends Sandwich Company
  • Hudson Public Kitchen + Bar
  • Indian Spice Sweets & Restaurant
  • Johnny Greeko’s
  • La Bottega Italian Fine Foods & Delicatessen
  • La Mia Cucina
  • Maria’s Pizza West
  • Mash Paddle Brewing Co.
  • Mercasa Little Italy Eatery & Catering
  • Mr. Kabob Persian Eatery
  • Myra’s Bar and Grill
  • On the Lam
  • Seventh Coffee Company
  • Spool Gourmet Poutine & Mac ‘N Cheese
  • Strodes BBQ & Deli
  • Sweet Bakery
  • The Olive Oil Co.
  • Vintner’s Cellar Brantford
  • Wingmaster
  • Zaza’s Pizzeria

More information about Brantford Eats Local is available at discoverbrantford.com.