The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has just announced a really cool event called “Plates for the Parkway.” It is a one-day event (Tuesday, Sept. 18) during which participating restaurants located along the parkway will donate a percentage of their profits to the foundation.
Right now, of the 23 restaurants participating, only two are in our area. Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill in Roanoke will donate 10 percent of its profits on Sept. 18 to the foundation. Pomegranate Restaurant in Troutville will donate 10 percent of its dinner profits that night. To see the other participating restaurants (including 10 in Asheville), click here.
Martin’s owner Jason Martin said he likes the parkway a lot, so that’s one reason he wanted to do it. Also, Tuesday is always “a slow day for me, so I figured because of that, what’s the risk, really? If people get behind it and we are really busy for it, it’s a win-win.”
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is a private, independent group dedicated to protecting and developing the almost 500-mile road that winds along the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. The parkway is always in need of funding, and lately that need has only grown as federal funding for national parks is paltry and the parkway, unlike other national parks, does not receive any money from entrance fees.
Some examples of what the foundation does for the parkway include:
- funding a brand new BRP Communications Center and updating the radio telecommunications network, which will help law enforcement to communicate and get emergency response to visitors in need, among many other things.
- Improvements to the Abbott Lake trail in Bedford County. “According to Parkway staff, they have wanted to do the Abbott Lake project for years but lacked the time and the funding to do it,” wrote foundation development directory Christy Stone Bell. “Our board approved the funding for this project earlier this year and the project was finished this summer, although we are still fundraising for it.”
Three cheers to Martin’s and Pomegranate for being willing to help out the Blue Ridge Parkway. The foundation will keep looking to sign up restaurants through Sept. 14, so if you are a restaurateur who could take part in “Plates for the Parkway,” contact Christy Bell at email@example.com or call her at 866.308.BRPF (2773) x 177.