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Dinner to highlight downtown Huntington

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- An event designed to kick people out of their normal routines and try something a little different is coming soon to downtown Huntington.

"A Progressive Dinner," a social dinner event, is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the lobby of The Frederick Building, 940 4th Ave., Huntington.

"Downtown Huntington Partners began this dinner because it is a good way to have people come downtown, walk around and check out some of the different restaurants," said Amy Ward, event coordinator. "We have a wonderful and walkable downtown, and the dinner helps showcase it as an interesting and likeable place."

This is the fourth Progressive Dinner, Ward said. She said the dinners are a great way for people to not only try new things, but to socialize and meet new people.

Participants meeting up at The Frederick Building where they receive their dinner map, which is unique to each diner. When it's time to start, they spilt into multiple groups and head to different restaurants for appetizers. Diners then walk to a different restaurant to eat soup and salad with a new group, and from there go to another restaurant to have dinner. To end the evening, all participants meet back at 21 at The Frederick for dessert and to discuss their evenings with other diners, Ward said.

Participating restaurants do so at a discounted rate, said Mark Cross, owner of 21 at The Frederick. He said the reduction in one night's income is worth it to support the community.

"This is good for the downtown and all of Huntington," Cross said. "The hope is you see new customers and win them for the long term."

New, regular customers are obviously good for restaurants, Cross said. More people supporting Huntington business is good for the entire community, Ward said.

Tickets are limited and prone to selling out quickly, Ward said. They can be purchased for $50 each at Mug & Pia, 939 3rd Ave. or Adells' Antiques, 926 4th Ave.

Follow reporter Shane Arrington on Twitter at @ArringtonHD.

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