This week’s front page features an article about several longstanding Hammonton restaurants. The message their stories provide is a clear one: good food, good service and a good setting will keep people coming back for decades.
Our restaurant community has borne much of the brunt of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly in 2020 and early 2021. Now, they have had several months of fully-opened days and nights, and the people have returned for their delicious offerings.
We encourage everyone to continue to patronize restaurants, not only because they are excellent Gazette advertisers, but because they are a large part of the foundation of our community. People gather in these places for meals, celebrations, special events and just to share some time with one another in a “third place” outside of home and work.
Restaurants aren’t just places to have a meal. They often serve as the backdrops for moments that are remembered for a lifetime. In addition, they give back to the community through donations of money and food. The employment they generate and the fact nearly all the revenues they generate remain in the local economy are critical for our town’s economic well-being and growth.
We salute all local restauranteurs for their dedication to Hammonton, particularly the locally-owned ones featured in the paper this week who have been doing it for so many years. Hammonton would not be the same without you. We encourage all residents of the Hammonton area to patronize local restaurants this week, and every week.