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8/17/2012 - Hamilton to Explore Interest for Restaurant Association Revival


Hamilton to Explore Interest for Restaurant Association Revival

While the idea is not a new one, Hamilton Township is set to survey whether its local restaurants and food establishments have an interest in reviving the Hamilton Restaurant Association.   

The Township government and its Economic Development Advisory Commission are planning an early-September meeting date to gauge the interest of local restaurants to resurrect the association, which began to lose interest among food establishments some five years ago.  Plans are in the works for a mailing to Hamilton-based restaurants and food establishments next month that will provide restaurants with a proposed time, date and location for the meeting.   

Although the government and economic development commission are helping to organize a preliminary meeting, both bodies hope to take a noticeably “hands off” approach – instead hoping that local restaurant owners will form a board of directors if sufficient interest exists.

“Our restaurants are a key component of our local economy; and that is why we want to explore if there is enough interest among our town’s restaurants for reestablishing the Hamilton Restaurant Association,” says Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo.  “But to be successful, our local restaurant owners must determine whether reviving the association can be mutually beneficial to both their own business, as well as for all of  our town’s dining establishments.   If such an interest exists, our government and economic development advisory commission will allow the local restaurant owners to chart their own course moving forward.”  

Some local restaurant owners already see and interest in the idea, like Phil Imbesi of Villa Romanza Ristorante.  Hamilton Township offers a large diverse selection of excellent restaurants. With strong leadership, centralized, and dedicated focus, a Hamilton Restaurant Association can transform a group of individual restaurants into a mecca of sought after dining experiences that will increase interest, jobs, revenue, and community assistance for Hamilton Township.”

In recent months, Hamilton has enjoyed the opening of several new restaurants and eateries, including, in addition to Moe’s Southwest Grill, Texas Roadhouse, IHOP (International House of Pancakes), Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Rotisserie Flair, Panchero’s Mexican Grill, Xena Marie’s Homemade Ice Cream, Papa John’s Pizza and Abbott’s Frozen Custard.   

“We have seen many new restaurants open in our community; and if a revival of the Restaurant Association benefits both for our township’s new and existing restaurants, we will be happy to work with association and its members,” explains Michael Angarone, Hamilton Township’s Director of Economic Development.    “Our government will continue to work to make sure that opportunities exist for restaurants, and other economic sectors, in Hamilton Township.”