Bostonians Called Upon to #DigOutDineOut and Help Local Restaurants

Posted February 20, 2015 by Kayla Baker in Eat & Drink
The bar and lounge at Gem offers a variety of different drinks

As every Boston resident has undoubtedly noticed, the city has received a record amount of snow in the past month. Temperatures have persistently been below freezing as mountains of snow pile up on sidewalks and street corners. Beyond the weather being cold and generally unpleasant, the excessive snow has also caused issues with transportation. Roads have become icy and narrow and the public transportation system has reduced its services and is experiencing severe delays. It’s no wonder nobody wants to go outside!

Pedestrians and commuters are not the only people dealing with the harsh realities of this winter. Restaurants across the city are suffering from an extreme lack of patronage. Winter is already a slow season for the restaurant industry, but this extreme winter weather could prove catastrophic if sales don’t increase. Executive chef Kevin Long (who works with restaurants such as Red Lantern, Empire, and GEM) has taken matters into his own hands and created a new social media movement known as #DigOutDineOut to combat these industry lows. Long’s movement aims to entice Boston residents to eat out more by offering daily deals and specials, and many restaurants in the area have joined him in his #DigOutDineOut campaign. Even restaurants that normally compete with one another for patrons have banded together for the greater good of the city’s restaurant industry.

Many of Downtown Boston’s restaurants have jumped on the #DigOutDineOut campaign and are offering sweet deals to residents who brave the cold. Here are some examples:

  • Empire at 1 Marina Park Drive has $5 lobster miso soup and $25 unlimited sushi Monday through Thursday.
  • GEM at 42 Province Street has $1 oysters, $5 pizzas, and $3 Stella Artois drafts.
  • Papagayo at 283 Summer Street is offering half priced appetizers.
  • Sterling’s at 60 State Street has $1 oysters and $5 Bacardi drinks.
  • Central Wharf Co. at 160 Milk Street has half priced flatbreads and $4 Harpoon IPAs.
  • Granary Tavern at 170 Milk Street is offering $5 glasses of house wine and $2 fish tacos from 2 pm to 7 pm.
  • Abby Lane at 253 Tremont Street is serving a Burger and Brew at the Bar for $15 from 4 pm to 7 pm.
  • The Black Rose at 160 State Street has half priced appetizers and $4 Jameson Irish coffee from 5 pm to 10 pm.
  • Faneuil Hall has their own Half Off At The Hall promotions offering various half priced items from all the vendors on weekdays.

These deals are changed or updated frequently, and new deals are being added everyday, so checking out the #DigOutDineOut hashtag on Twitter will reveal all the participating restaurants and their most current offers. There is also a Dig Out Dine Out Facebook page that posts new specials. Some of the deals last from now until March 1st, while others are valid until March 31st.

The restaurant industry plays a huge role in making Downtown Boston a great place to live. They provide world-class dining experiences and great atmospheres to socialize. It’s now up to the residents to show appreciation for their favorites by digging out of the snow and dining out at these establishments. Even if the cold is only bearable long enough to grab a quick snack between meetings or a drink with colleagues after work, showing support for the #DigOutDineOut campaign will help keep this integral part of the Downtown social scene up and running through this tough winter season.