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Black Mountain announces 'Take Out 21' initiative

Staff Reports
The initiative encourages residents to pledge to spend a minimum of $21 for takeout meals.

In an effort to help sustain Black Mountain restaurants, the Take Out 21 initiative encourages residents to pledge to spend a minimum of $21 for takeout meals every week during the winter of 2021.

“The idea was the brain-child and collaborative development between town of Black Mountain aldermen Pam King, Doug Hay, and Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce board chair Jon Brooks,” said Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce executive director Sharon Tabor.

The initiative launched Jan. 27 on the chamber's website where visitors can view the list of food and brew options within Swannanoa Valley boundaries from Black Mountain to the eastern boundary of Asheville.

The website is mobile-friendly. Tapping the phone number on a mobile device will take the customer directly to the business.  Links to menus from partners with the chamber are also available.

Black Mountain is also establishing designated curbside pickup parking spaces on Cherry Street for customers before Feb. 1. 

“The town of Black Mountain supports our small businesses, and this is one small project to help our businesses survive,” town manager Josh Harrold said.

“And don’t forget to tip," Tabor said. "Takeout requires equal or greater effort to prepare. Waitstaff depends on tips for their livelihood."