Since the second week of March, Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department has promoted two restaurants each week to support Lewisboro’s local restaurant owners as the pandemic drudges on over a year later.

As part of the Lewisboro Loves Their Restaurants program, the department is currently promoting specials at Nico’s Italian Deli in Vista and The Blazer Pub in North Salem for the fourth and final week of the program, Friday, March 29 to Saturday, April 3.

Recreation assistant Michael Portnoy said the department also included in its promotion The Blazer Pub, despite the fact it is just across the town border in Purdy’s, because Haiku in Cross River was unable to participate due to last minute renovations.

In prior weeks, Parks and Recs sponsored promotions at other local restaurants, including Bello Pizza, The Horse & Hound, The Farmer’s Grind, Bacio Trattoria and La Vista Ristorante.

At the outset of the program, Mr. Portnoy explained the department wanted to create a restaurant month promotion as a way not only to increase local business, but also to introduce new residents to the dining opportunities in town. The promotion included some of the newer eateries in Lewisboro such as The Farmer’s Grind in Vista and Bello Pizza in Goldens Bridge.

The Farmer’s Grind, which opened its doors at the beginning of the pandemic, marked its one-year anniversary March 20, and offered 15% off to patrons for that week. Erich Smith, who owns the business with his wife, Michelle, said he was more than happy to be a part of the Parks and Rec promotion. “We always are looking for ways to give back,” Mr. Smith said.

Mr. Smith said some residents did take advantage of the discount, but he sensed that many were not  aware of the promotion. He said The Farmer’s Grind will continue to participate in future town programs, including offering volunteers for the Great Hunt Around Town on Saturday, April 3. He added he hopes for a higher turnout for future programs.

Mr. Portnoy said as long as restaurants are willing to participate, the department will plan to hold restaurant month again. Next time, he added, it will likely be scheduled in February in order to support restaurants during the slowest time of the year.

Jessica Leibman is a staff reporter at The Record-Review where she covers the Town of Lewisboro the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.

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