Decatur Creates Website To Tout City’s Restaurants
Decatur is known for restaurants, so much so that last spring the website Livability.com named it the country’s “top foodie city.”
Just to make sure everybody knows about the good food available, the City of Decatur’s tourism bureau has created a website, DecaturRestaurant-Tour.com. In its first phase, Mary Moore, founder of Cook’s Warehouse, visits six restaurants and interviews the chefs. Six more video profiles are in the works.
Give it a look. Here’s the information provided by city hall:
Decatur’s newest culinary destination is online: DecaturRestaurant-Tour.com. The website offers video tours in addition to personal interviews with six of the city’s most popular chefs and restauranteurs. “Decatur offers a unique combination of trends and traditions, from contemporary cafes to dining landmarks” according to Linda Harris, who handles communication for the City and is the Executive Director of the Decatur Tourism Bureau. She believes this was a major reason for Decatur being named one of “America’s top Foodie Cities” by Southern Living Magazine. “The videos felt like an authentic way to experience the ambience, signature dishes and personalities that give each eatery its own flavor.”
Phase one of the website is live with six videos hosted by Mary Moore, the popular chef-turned-retailer behind Decatur’s Cook’s Warehouse.
Mary visits No. 246, Leon’s Full Service, The Iberian Pig, Cafe Alsace, Steinbeck’s and Cafe Lily. Her knowledge and experience bring interesting insights to the subject of creative cuisine. Moore explained “the videos are an ideal way to show dimensions of a restaurant you just can’t get from listings or review sites. Preparing food has a lot to do with creative expression, and the personal interviews give a better understanding of this.”
The Decatur Tourism Bureau is already in pre-production for the next six videos. The goal of DecaturRestaurant-Tour is to be inclusive, a value often evident in the Decatur community.
Both a tourism and economic development effort, the videos are the result of online user research. “We learned that a significant number of people searching for Decatur were looking for dining options. The website is designed to make it easier, while offering a more rewarding experience” Harris added.
The Tourism Bureau will celebrate the launch of the site with a promotion for consumers: Starting today, the first 4 people to complete the tour (currently 6 restaurants) and present receipts at the Visitors Center will be rewarded with $100 Visa Gift certificate and a Tour T-shirt. The T-shirt giveaway will continue for anyone that completes the tour and presents receipts through the end of the year. In addition, the person who “checks in” the greatest number of times with Four Square at a participating restaurant will win a $100 dining card and T-Shirt as well.