CENTRAL FALLS — It may be the smallest city in the smallest state, but Central Falls is home to more than 30 unique restaurants, many serving authentic ethnic cuisine from eight different nations.
The first-ever Dine Central Falls will celebrate the city’s dining scene this month, showcasing a variety of fare, from Colombian to Mexican and Chinese to classic comfort food. On Oct. 18-20 , 10 restaurants will offer special deals.
Rhode Island’s urban communities are a vital piece in growing the state’s economy, organizers say, and through promotion of Central Fall’s cultural diversity and showcasing its variety of authentic eateries, the restaurants will have the opportunity to provide an affordable snapshot of their offerings and attract new diners.
“A key component of my economic development priorities is to support and revitalize our main streets in communities such as Central Falls,” said Governor Lincoln D. Chafee. “By increasing economic activity in our urban communities, we open the doors to helping Rhode Island’s greater economy grow and prosper.”
Central Falls, a 1.3-square-mile city where a quarter of the 19,000 residents live below the poverty line, has struggled with the stigma of being the first — and only — Rhode Island municipality to enter bankruptcy protection. After almost 13 months of bankruptcy proceedings, a six-year exit strategy is now in place for the city.
The Dine Central Falls event is being organized by members of the Theta II class of Leadership Rhode Island, in conjunction with Governor Chafee’s municipal team, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) and the City of Central Falls.
“We are excited for local residents, as well as diners from surrounding communities, to come revisit old favorites and, best of all, try new places,” said Pauline Bellavance, one of the event Project Leaders. “Dine Central Falls will stimulate both the economy and the palate.”
From Oct. 18 -20 diners can expect to pay $9.95 or less for meals. Participating restaurants include, 3 Amigos, El AnTojo, El Paisa Restaurant & Bar, Georgia’s Restaurant, La Casona Restaurant, Sparky’s, Stanley’s, Taqueria Lupita and the Madeira Club.
“Food is the heart and soul of a community.” said Mike Ritz, executive director of Leadership Rhode Island. “Dine Central Falls is a delicious way for all of us to commune together as a state as we enjoy food from 27 restaurants in one-square mile. This is a chance to raise a toast in celebration of this community’s passion, entrepreneurship, and spirit!”
“We are extremely excited to host the first annual Dine Central Falls,” said Steve Larrick, planning and economic development coordinator for the City of Central Falls. “This is one event you do not want to miss, and you are sure to discover some hidden gems.”
For more information, visit the Dine Central Falls Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DineCentralFalls .
Please note that some restaurants accept cash only, so diners should check the website in advance.