Discounted sale of gift cards to help struggling downtown San Diego businesses

Posted at 8:15 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 11:53:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- There is a new effort to bring more customers to restaurants struggling in downtown San Diego due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Beginning at 12 p.m. Tuesday, 700 discounted gift cards will go on sale for 40 downtown restaurants, stores, and coffee shops. Patrons can pay $25 for the card but will get a $35 value in what will be called the "Downtown Loyalty" program.

The extra $10 per card is being added by the City Center Business District and local philanthropic groups.

Sarah Brothers with the Downtown San Diego Partnership said this will help make up some of the restaurants lost revenue.

"The sale of the gift cards would bring in close to $25,000 which is badly needed," Brothers said.

Some of the businesses participating in the program include Blue Bottle Coffee, Cowboy Star, Fogo de Chao, Searsucker, Tajima, and barleymash.

For more information on how to purchase the gift cards can be found on the Downtown Loyalty program's website Downtown Loyalty Program.