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					                                                              Background
    Restaurant Buying Guide                       • Community lacked a comprehensive
                                                    listing of local area restaurants
                                                  • Needed a one stop resource guide to
                                                    list attractive, high quality restaurants
                                                    in the city
                                                  • Detective work aided by local residents
       Senait Brown, Eric Berg, Mark Slocum         required
           Ryan Jensen, Chris Savanelli
           Kevin Wicklin, Martin Stratte




        Project Description                                      Rationale
• Gather list of possibilities for inclusion in   • Assist struggling economy of ESL area
  guide                                             by encouraging and aiding tourism
• Meet with local contact (Billie)                • Focus on locally owned restaurants
• Decide on pertinent information to be             because they lack resources for
  gathered                                          sufficient advertising
• Visit businesses and conduct interviews to      • Compile a mass producible buying
  obtain necessary information                      guide to be deposited in places
• Additionally, perform community service           frequented by tourists in the
  work                                              surrounding area




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      Goals and Objectives                                Project Process
• Create a              • Improve and           • Rendezvous with local guide; Billie
  comprehensive           revitalize economic
  buying guide            activity in           • Developed list of acceptable local
• Create awareness of     restaurants in East     restaurants
  local restaurants       St. Louis
                                                • Travel from restaurant to restaurant to
• Supply information    • Convey normal
                          contact info            gather desired information
  to attract local
  customers and         • Include additional    • Compile information into a mass
  tourists                info requested by       producible pamphlet
                          individual
                          restaurants




                Javon’s                                 Other Restaurants




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                                           Role of Community Partners
                                        • Billie Turner
                                        • Coordinated the restaurants

       Buying Guide
                                          that we visited
                                        • Accompanied us on the first
                                          day of restaurant visits
                                        • Gave us a historical tour of
                                          East St. Louis




 Role of Community Partners                Role of Community Partners
• Janni Sorenson                        • Tim Glass
• Chief navigator                       • Also assisted during the
• Helped us reflect about the trip on     interview process
  the ride home                         • Captained the buying guide
• Assisted during the interviews at       van that drove us around to
  the restaurants                         the different restaurants
                                        • Broke the one rule; Never      The man, the myth, the legend

                                          leave a man behind




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               Reflections

•   Alternative plan
•   Stereotypes
•   Strong sense of community
•   Not individualistic
•   Next generation
•   Inspiration to urban revitalization




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