Eat, Post, Win: Support Local Businesses

Restaurant traffic has dramatically declined in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing devastating economic effects across the nation. Restaurants and bars reported losing 48.1% of jobs from February to April, and according to a survey by the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association, more than 4 out of 10 restaurant operators in Indiana say, “it is unlikely they will be in business six months from now if current business conditions continue”. Even as local officials are lifting restrictions, with Marion County allowing 50% indoor capacity and 100% outdoor capacity, research conducted by the IndyEast Promise Zone through a small business survey says half of business owners in the Near Eastside reported they were uncertain if, and when, customers will feel comfortable returning safely.  

The Near Eastside is famously known for coming together in collective action to improve and support the residentsorganizations, and businesses that make wonderful assets to the more than 20 neighborhoods comprising the areaRamifications from COVID-19 will likely be unknown or solvable for years to come, but there are solutions that can support local businesses in a safe way – like dining in or carrying out from the restaurants in your neighborhood. Even one small, hyper-local purchase can make a difference. 

In response to the devastating economic effects of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the Near Eastside is initiating a two weeklong interactive campaign, geared for patrons and newcomers alike to purchase meals from restaurants in the area, take a picture of their meal, and share it on social media using #NearEastEats to enter your name in the online raffle. It’s important to use the hashtag as that identifies each participant and ensures Near East Area Renewal, the organization leading the effort, tallies the corresponding participants raffle tickets.  

Each time you purchase a meal and share it on social media using #NearEastEats you also enter your name in the virtual raffle. The more times you participate, the more likely you are to win! On November 23rd, the day after the campaign ends, NEAR will announce the Top 5 winners. Awards are a range of gift cards to a Near Eastside restaurant of your choice.  

Eat delicious food, support your local restaurants and bars, and possibly win some money doing it. From November 9th to November 22nd, we hope you participate and take advantage of #NearEastEats.

Here is a list of restaurants, bars, breweries, and distilleries in the Near Eastside. Each asterisk marks facilities that offer gift cards 

Ball Park Pizza*
5055 E. 10th Street
Tues – Sat:  4:30pm to 10pm 

King Dough*
452 N. Highland Ave
Mon – Wed:  4pm to 9pm
Thur – Sun:  12pm to 9pm 

Mayfair Taproom*
2032 E. 10th Street
Thur – Sun: 4pm to 10pm 

Rad Brewing*
414 Dorman Street
Mon – Thurs:  3pm to 9pm
Fri – Sat:  12pm to 10pm
Sun:  12pm to 7pm 

Chuck’s Coney Island
2932 E 10th Street
Mon-Thurs: 11am to 10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am to 10pm

10th Street Diner*
3301 E. 10th Street 
Wed – Thur:  4pm to 8pm
Fri:  12pm to 9pm
Sat:  11am to 8pm 

Healthy Harvest Market*
2828 E. 10th Street 
Mon – Fri: 10am to 6pm 
Sat:  10am to 7pm
Sun: 12pm to 5pm 

Ash & Elm Cider*
2104 E. Washington Street
Tues – Thurs: 12pm to 9pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm to 11pm 
Sun: 12pm to 8pm 

18th Street Indy*
2829 E. 10th Street
Tues:  3pm to 9pm
Wed – Sat:  12pm to 9pm
Sun:  11am to 8pm 

Tick Tock Lounge*
2602 E. 10th Street
Thur – Sat:  11am to 12am
Sun:  11am to 10 pm 

2830 E. Washington St.
Tues – Sat: 11am to 8pm 

Public Smokehouse*
407 Dorman St.
Tues-Fri:  9am to 6pm
Sat:  9am to 4pm 

Lick Ice Cream*
1125 E. Brookside Ave C-7B
Wed – Fri: 11am to 5pm
Sat: 1pm to 5pm 

1844 E. 10th St.
Tues – Thur:  5pm to10pm
Fri – Sat:  5pm to 10:30pm 

Mom’s Country Kitchen*
1313 N. Sherman Drive
Mon:  7am to 3pm
Tues – Fri:  7am to 6pm
Sat – Sun:  7am to 3pm 

Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurant*
2639 E. Michigan Street
Mon – Sat:  10am to 10pm 

Panderia Oaxaquena Bakery*
3617 E. 10th St. 
Mon – Sun:  9am to 9pm 

5130 E. 10th St.
Mon: 7am to 3pm
Tues – Thur: 7am to 8pm
Fri – Sat:  7am to 9pm
Sun: 7am to 8pm 

La Parada*
1642 E. New York
Sun – Thurs: 10am to 10pm
Fri – Sat: 10am to 11pm 

Restaurant Guatemalteca*
3709 E. Washington St.
Sun – Thurs: 8:30am to 9pm
Sat: 8:30am to 9:30pm 

Happy Garden*
4401 E. 10th St. #14a
Sun – Thurs: 10:30am to 10pm
Fri – Sat: 10:30am to 11:30pm 

Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place*
1417 Commerce St.
Tues – Sun: 10:30am to 8:00pm

2104 E Washington St.
Mon – Sat: 8am to 3pm
Sun: 12pm to 3pm