For two consecutive years, the Gainesville Area Chamber has hosted Gainesville Restaurant Week in an effort to support our local restaurants during the slower business months. The hard push on marketing local restaurants to the public over the course of a week-and-a-half aims to increase traffic, exposure and interest in eating locally year-round. To continue to build a rich restaurant culture in our area and make this week even bigger and better next year, you are invited to attend our restaurant roundup on Monday, Sept. 30 from 10:30am to 12pm at the Gainesville Chamber offices at 300 E University Ave., Suite 100, hosted in conjunction with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, North Central Florida Chapter.
During this meeting, we will present the Chamber’s efforts in growing our economy and what’s next for Gainesville, Alachua County and North Central Florida, as well as iG’s role in building a thriving food culture. We want your feedback on Gainesville Restaurant Week and its future, as well as your thoughts and concerns about the future of restaurants in our area.
Hirofumi Leung, Creative Director for Dragonfly Sushi, will be our keynote speaker for this event. He will discuss the successes he has experienced and the challenges in growing a restaurant in the Gainesville area. Leung graduated from the University of Florida in 1997 and, after living in Tokyo for two years and pursuing a job in Chicago, relocated back to Gainesville where he opened Dragonfly Sushi. More than 13 years later, Leung employs a staff of 150 people, manages restaurants in Gainesville and Orlando, and serves as the president of Imagin Asia Restaurant Management Group. Dragonfly has been voted the “Best Restaurant to Dine In” by Florida Trend magazine and a “Top 3” restaurant in Orlando magazine.