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November 4, 2011 > An overwhelming success

An overwhelming success

By Simon Wong

Hayward's first Restaurant Walk was a sell-out occasion. The event, organized by the City of Hayward Economic Development Department and Hayward Chamber of Commerce in support of the Hayward Public Library's After School Homework Center and the Chamber's Leadership Hayward Program, drew throngs to the city's Downtown on October 20, 2011.

Participants purchased a coupon book for $20 that entitled them that night to sample enchiladas at the Shark Shack, crab and salmon devilled eggs at Me Restaurant and Lounge, jalapeno croquettes at the Bijou Restaurant, a pint of beer at Buffalo Bill's and great food at Something Sweet (mini-cupcake), Crepes D'Art (dessert crepe), Sunflower Cafe 2 (spring rolls), Snappy's cafe (cup of coffee), Swiss Delices (seasonal dessert), Buon Appetito (bruschetta di Pomodoro or eggplant involtini appetizer) and Taqueria Los Pericos (bean and cheese burrito).

"Shark Shack actually ran out of food because of the overwhelming public support for this event. Two hundred coupon books were sold," said City of Hayward Economic Development Manager Sean Brooks. "All the restaurants generously donated the food that visitors sampled. We hope to organize another Restaurant Walk in the future."

Mayor Michael Sweeney and council members joined the Downtown bustle and visited and thanked the 11 restaurant owners for their participation. Each establishment was presented with a memento of the occasion.

"Hayward's Downtown Area was vibrant and the restaurants full on October 20," added Brooks. "Events like this help showcase what we have in our community to our own residents and visitors. The After School Homework Center and Leadership Hayward, which will each receive $1,350, are extremely appreciative of the support of everyone involved with the first Restaurant Walk. We hope this will be at a least an annual event, if not more frequent."

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