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Ghost Walk dinner spotlights EC downtown revitalization efforts

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Each year Elizabeth City Downtown chooses a different location for an Italian dinner during the annual Historic Ghost Walk to spotlight revitalization efforts. This year's dinner will be served at the old Oxena Newstand at 108A N. McMorrine St.

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From staff reports

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Each year in cooperation with the annual Historic Ghost Walk in Elizabeth City, Downtown, Inc. hosts an Italian Dinner fundraiser at a location that changes from year to year.

The location is important because it draws attention to efforts to revitalize the downtown, said Tim Williams, chairman of the ECDI Board of Directors.

 “The event is not only about the food and raising money for downtown revitalization efforts; it’s also about partnering with our downtown property owners,” he said. “We choose a vacant restaurant space in downtown, and with the help of many volunteers, clean it up, spiff it up, and set it up as an operating restaurant for two days only.”

The dinner is a win-win proposition if the event raises funds and helps to fill an empty space by providing the extra exposure, he said. Bill and Brenda Ashburn of Hintonsville Rentals have allowed ECDI the use of an iconic space for the event.

The October 13 and 14 dinner will be served from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the former Oxena Newsstand location in the historic Alkrama Theatre Building at 108A N. McMorrine Street (just around the corner from Ghost Walk Headquarters at Arts of the Albemarle).

Long-timers in Elizabeth City will remember the location as a diner, newsstand, and social gathering place. It was famous for its Oxaburger; “The best hamburger around,” according to former owner Deborah Bulliner. “We would mix 50 pounds or more of the special hamburger recipe fresh every morning.” The location has also been home to The Judges Chambers and Nancy’s Soul Food Restaurant.

“Oxaburgers won’t be on the menu for the fundraiser,” says Deborah Malenfant ECDI Director. “Patrons can expect to enjoy a delicious Italian Dinner of spaghetti and lasagna, salad, dessert, and a drink, with an extra side of nostalgia, ghosts and history.” Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Dinner tickets are $8 and available for purchase at ECDI Office, Page After Page Bookstore, Bryon’s Hot Dog Stand, and MMT Printers. Proceeds go toward downtown revitalization efforts. For more information contact Debbie Malenfant at 252-338-4104 or elizabethcitydowntown@embarqmail.com .

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