Hot August Month

Get Involved: Restaurants & Bars


Food & Drink Week 
8/17 - 8/23 

What This Week Looks Like: 

  • Special Menus for Restaurants/Bars: This is modeled after the “restaurant week” template done in cities all over the US. This includes 1 small menu, one price per person. This menu includes: 
    • 2-3 appetizer choices
    • 2-3 entrée choices
    • Cocktail or dessert options (must give dessert option)
    • These menus will be available all week for participating restaurants for any customer who wants to order from it. Have fun! Put traditional items, new items, or any dish you want to promote.
  • Special Menus for Bars: Modeled after the restaurant week menu, but for drinking!
    • Choose 2-3 special drinks you want to feature for the week at a special price. 
    • These menus will be available all week for participating bars. Have fun! Put traditional items, new items, or a cocktail you want to promote.
  • Weekend Bash: We'll be utilizing the menus all week but want to make it EXTRA FUN for the weekend. Everyone who orders off the menu can scan a QR code and be entered to win giftcards and prizes! How can you make it more fun? Try these examples: 
    • Host live music 
    • Host trivia or karaoke nights 
    • A tasting of some sort? 
    • Get creative!

What we'll do for you: 

  • The DDD will provide the restaurant week menu templates & examples. Send in your specials and we will create the ready-to-print menu for you. 
  • We will advertise each business on social media, highlighting what's special about you and your menu.  
  • We will host drawings for gift cards. 
  • We'll provide Hot August Month swag and information.
  • We've created official HAM shirts to show Downtown pride. You can order some for yourself or your staff to wear for the week.
  • Most importantly, we'll get customers through your door! 

What you need to do: 

  • Customize your menu and pricing.
  • If you'd like to host live music or something fun for the weekend, get that booked.  
  • Provide gift cards, t shirts, cups, etc. for giveaway prizes. 
  • Fill out your merchant form by 8/3 with your menu options and other entertainments. 


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Ways to get involved all month: 

Culture & Creativity Week
8/3 - 8/9 

What This Week Looks Like:

  • A self-guided Historic District Walking Tour  
  • Kick off the bike rack art competition that week 
  • Some pop up art around town
  • The Columbia Theatre season preview  
  • Chalk Walk 
  • Hammond Regional Arts Center Artistry Classes

What you can do: 

  • Invite artists to set up outside or inside of your business. 

Retail Therapy Week
8/10 - 8/16 

What This Week Looks Like:

  • Special pricing & sales 
  • Extended hours
  • Saturday Sidewalk Sale
  • Drawings for giftcards
  • T-Shirts for employees and owners

What you can do: 

  • Promote your favorite local retailers 

Back to School Week
8/24 - 8/30 

What This Week Looks Like:

  • Back to School specials
  • Hanging flags
  • Painting windows
  • Young Alumni Social with Southeastern Alumni Association: Date TBD
  • Picnic in the Park, August 29

What you can do: 

  • Show pride for local schools - flags, shirts, signs, etc. 
  • Specials for students 

Picnic in the Park 
8/29 | 4pm - 7pm

What This Event Looks Like:

  • Let's celebrate the end of a jam-packed month with a free event in the park! 
  • Local musicians playing in the gazebo. 
  • Attendees are encouraged to pick up food to-go and bring chairs/blankets.
  • Attendees will enter the public park at their own risk and are encouraged to practice social distancing while wearing masks.

What you can do: 

  • Make sure your restaurant is open for to-go service!