Tuesday September 8, 2009
The Greenville Avenue Restaurant Association has set Saturday October 24 as the date of its first "Taste of Greenville Avenue" event (nicknamed TOGA 2009). This event will be open to the public at no charge and will take place on the grounds of the Vickery Towers at Belmont and Greenville Avenue.
TOGA 2009 is designed in the model of a neighborhood block party, targeted to residents within three miles of Greenville Avenue. By scheduling TOGA 2009 as a daytime event, they hope to see parents and children enjoying our food. They've invited more than 100 restaurants from Greenville Avenue north of Mockingbird Lane, Henderson Avenue, Mockingbird Lane, and Skillman Avenue to participate.
There will be 30 booths presenting the signature items of participating restaurants. Prices would be based on sample portions, there would be minimal food duplication, a kids area, a small (and very controlled) beer garden and public service areas for the City of Dallas Mobile 311 van, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Dallas Police Department Neighborhood Policing Unit (Central Division), a pet adoption center, a Dallas Fire/Rescue hook and ladder, etc.
Says Jim Bradberry, President, The Greenville Avenue Restaurant Association, "We're holding TOGA 2009, which we absolutely intend to make an annual event along with other projects like quarterly dine-around’s, to give back something to the community which supports our businesses every day.
"It still amazes me that for nearly 40 years there has never been a restaurant association on Greenville Avenue - we have so much to give to our neighbors, the schools and the community, and all we needed was an outlet for it. GARA serves as that much needed outlet."