Downtown Arlington Management Corporation (DAMC) announced plans for the Downtown Arlington Drive-In Restaurant Rally, a four-day call to action in support of small and locally-owned businesses. The Restaurant Rally is scheduled for June 4-7, 2020.
Maggie Campbell, president and CEO of Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, said the idea for the Downtown Arlington Drive-In Restaurant Rally came from the can-do spirit of the district’s entrepreneurial community.
“Downtown Arlington has built a solid reputation over the last decade for our homegrown restaurant and bar scene, locally-brewed craft beer, and start-up communities,” said Campbell, “These businesses have shown incredible resiliency in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but now they need our help. If we rally for them, they will rally for us.”
Involvement in the rally is a straightforward, open invitation to the public to patronize at least one Downtown Arlington business every day of the four-day weekend.
Participating Downtown restaurants and bars offer a variety of dine-in, carry out and curbside pick-up options, and many have expanded patio seating and will offer Restaurant Rally specials. In addition to longstanding local favorites, there are a number of new, recently-opened restaurants ready to be discovered.
“With the launch of Gov. Abbott’s Open Texas Phase II, Downtown restaurateurs are opening their dining areas to 50% occupancy, and bar owners are opening up to 25% occupancy,” said Campbell. “Everyone is eager to get back to what they do best: get creative and serve their community.”
Partial proceeds generated throughout the weekend benefit Mission Arlington, a non-profit organization that provides services such as food, clothing and medical care to families in need.
The Downtown Arlington Drive-In Restaurant Rally coincides with the Texas Rangers’ Concert in Your Car live music event, which will be held nearby in a lot adjacent to Globe Life Field. The first weekend in June also marks the beginning of an active high school graduation season in Arlington. Over 50 area high schools have announced plans to hold graduation ceremonies in Globe Life Field, AT&T Stadium, and Downtown’s Levitt Pavilion. Ceremonies will take place from late May through the end of June.
“The owners and staff at Downtown restaurants and bars are committed to health and safety best practices,” said Campbell. “As always, they’re looking forward to serving out of town guests and concert-goers with the same level of care they serve their local customers.”
Detailed information about the Downtown Arlington Drive-In Restaurant Rally, including a list of participants, is available at downtownarlington.org/events/rally and on Downtown Arlington’s social media channels.