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'Savor Springfield' To Help Buoy Area Eateries And Taphouses During Pandemic Summer

Brian Bull

As local businesses struggle with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials in Springfield are promoting an event to help support patronage for restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops.

Paige Sharpe of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce says the “Savor Springfield” event began August 1st and runs through the end of September.

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Downtown Springfield, including the Plank Town brewery.

“We’ve currently 12 restaurants participating," explained Sharpe.  "You need to visit 10 of them over the next two months. Just tell us who you visited, and we’ll enter you in to win a drawing at the end of the two months.

"We’re trying to get folks out there and supporting our local restaurant community.”

What that prize is, is yet to be determined. This is the third year of “Savor Springfield”, but this time pandemic protocols are being observed, so there’s no passport. 

Partners include Travel Lane County and the City of Springfield.   Click hereto see participating restaurants and rules.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.