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Ribbon-cutting celebrates Restaurant Week

August 1, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Local and state officials gathered in downtown Huntington Monday morning to celebrate 2018 Restaurant Week with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at The Fuel Counter in The Market in the 800 block of 3rd Avenue in downtown Huntington.

Restaurant Week began on July 27 and runs through Aug. 4, officials said.

“I hear from people all the time saying they want to go to Huntington for lunch or for dinner, so this is a great place to kick off Restaurant Week,” said Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Bill Bissett.

“This is a time during the summer months that gives us an opportunity to showcase all the great restaurants we have in our region.”

The event, in its fourth year, done in partnership with the chamber’s Downtown Live committee and the city of Huntington and Cabell County Commission. It highlights the importance of the annual Restaurant Week celebration to the business community.

Phil Nelson, one of the developers of The Market along with his partner Jim Weiler, said it’s the folks that started businesses and restaurants inside the building that truly make it a downtown destination spot for visitors.

“We have been amazingly blessed to have tenants that really combine the diversity and quality of products and offerings we wanted for The Market,” Nelson said. “I want to thank the people of Huntington for making the first few months here at the Market successful.”

The special ribbon-cutting at the event was for The Fuel Counter, the most recent restaurant to launch in downtown Huntington.

The Fuel Counter is a new fast casual restaurant serving healthier from-scratch meals, according to its owners Xavier Staggs and Jennifer Jill.

The Fuel Counter, along with other participating restaurants, is offering exclusive discounts during this week to increase business traffic and showcase items on their menus.

Bissett urges those dining out during Restaurant Week to try a location they have not been to before.

“That’s what we hope Restaurant Week does, which is reminding people of the opportunities that we have here and to come out and enjoy them,” he said.

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