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Mornings unPHILtered - A Taste of Downtown
Retail shops, local restaurants pair up for First Friday event
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Taste Teams

Galactic Comics & Games
Holiday's
Pladd Dot Music
Manny's Neighborhood Grille
Children's Cottage
Pizza Hut
Bellies & Babies
Ellis Meat Market
LA Waters Furniture
RJ's Seafood & Steak
The Carriage House
Statesboro Inn
119 CHOPS
Designs By 5
Snooky's
Party Impressions
El Sombrero
Free Spirit Pottery & Glass
Vandy's Bar-B-Q
Averitt Art Center
OTC Culinary School
Bridal Creations
Farmer's Market
Chef Elaine Minick
Gallery of Frames/PC Shop
Quality Inn Ballroom
Curli Willow Gift Shop
Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Cafe
Doodle Bugs
Gnats Landing

    Downtown Statesboro retail shops will become mini restaurants this evening during the third annual Taste of Downtown. Allen Muldrew, Thursday’s guest on the “Mornings unPHILtered” show, told host Phil Boyum all about the First Friday event.
    Muldrew, executive director of the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority, said the event is the most popular of First Friday events throughout the year. It features a “feed 'em and they'll come” theme, in which Muldrew has partnered local restaurants with local retail shops.
    Muldrew said that right now 15 restaurants have signed up. They include, 119 Chops, Manny's Grill, Sugar Magnolia Bakery, Vandy's, and even groups from Ogeechee Technical College's Culinary Arts Program and the Farmers Market.
    For $5 fee, an individual can spend the evening eating “out on the town.” Also, Muldrew said Taste of Downtown will have a blue and white theme in honor of Georgia Southern's season opener Saturday against Savannah State at Paulson Stadium.
    As such, Muldrew encouraged both the businesses and participants to dress accordingly – in blue and white. Tickets for the event can be picked up at the courthouse lawn. The ticket is a map which will lead people to the numerous spots where they can sample dishes from the local restaurants.
    Muldrew said not only is the event a great way for stores to display their wares and restaurants to let people taste the food they serve, but it allows area residents to support downtown businesses and restaurants. He said that these are not franchises, but locally-owned and operated businesses that depend on the city's residents to make their livelihoods.
    For kids, Muldrew said there will be a bounce inflatable at the courthouse and lots of other activities. He said there will be a drawing at the end of the event, when prizes will be handed out.
    The main sponsor for the Taste of Downtown event is Wells Fargo Financial Advisers.
   
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on statesboroherald.com and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at BoroLive.com on statesboroherald.com
   

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