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Atascadero leaders, restaurant owners talk about boosting business

Local restaurant owners and Atascadero city officials recently came up with three new options while brainstorming ways to boost the dining business in town.

The business stimulus methods, which don't have a specific timeline yet, include:

* Creating a new "Dine Atascadero" Web site to promote local restaurants;

* Developing a punch card promotion where patrons would receive gift cards donated by the eateries for future dining after a number of visits;

* Coordinating with local organizations to host fundraising dinners at Atascadero eateries.

A public meeting to describe the new stimulus program is being organized but hasn't been announced yet. - Tonya Strickland

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