In an effort to support local restaurants, the second round of the City of Gunnison’s Dining Dollars program was offered last Saturday, Jan. 9. Spending $10 cash on a purple dining dollar “greenback” doubled up the spending power to $20 at most local eateries. The first round of dining dollars sold out around the Thanksgiving holiday, effectively putting $100,000 into the economy for spending at local restaurants. The city then contributed another $50,000 for the second round. Although the dollars weren’t available for purchase until 10 a.m., patrons started lining up on Tomichi Avenue in front of the Chamber entrance as early as 9:30 a.m. By noon, a replenishment of dollars was brought to the Chamber for certification.
Withstanding a balmy 7 degrees, the line of purchasers stretched almost to the end of Legion Park with wait times of up to two hours. Chamber Director Celeste Helminski said by Monday, the final $1,500 remaining sold out. The first round of dollars must be used by Feb. 28, the second round is valid through April 30.