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Diners raise glasses to start of Savor the Avenue in Delray Beach

'It helps everything and right now it's helping normalcy,' restaurant manager says
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Posted at 10:17 PM, Apr 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 23:29:16-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Restaurant workers are looking forward to the Savor the Avenue in downtown Delray Beach.

"A four-course wine dinner on the streets of Delray, have about a half-mile of tables stretched out on the Avenue," said Danny Sobey, general manager for City Oyster.

It's a yearly event, but last year it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses were affected financially, but this event could help boost the economy.

"It helps everything and, right now, it's helping normalcy, getting back into the swing of things, an annual event," said Sobey.

Rocco Mangel is with Rocco's Tacos.

"So if you had asked me a year ago today if I would be here for Savor the Avenue event, I would probably say I probably don't even know if I would be open," said Mangel. "So for us, with all of the restaurants coming together and seeing the 800 people that bought tickets to come out, shows the future looks bright for all of us in the hospitality industry."

Community leaders are kicking off the event.

Laura Simon, with the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, said she's thankful for the city's partners.

"It is about bringing the community together and we were happy to be able to do that for Delray Beach, for downtown, for residents and visitors, and mostly for restaurants and employees," said Simon.

The restaurants will donate part of Monday night's dinner ticket proceeds to benefit the nonprofit Community Greening, which helps to improve the environment by planting trees.

The restaurants were judged on their table decor. First place went to Vic & Angelo's, second to City Oyster and third was a tie that went to Brule and Rose's Daughter.