Guanabo won’t invest $3.3 million in gastronomy, entertainment

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Guanabo Mayor Edward O’Neill provides details of the city’s economic development initiatives to boost its gastronomic offerings.

The City of Guanabo unveiled a $3.3 million plan to launch “Taste of Guanabo”, a gastronomic tour of the city, as a strategy to aid economic growth, help local business and promote tourism.

At a news conference, Guanabo Mayor Edward O’Neill said the money would be split between developing a food trail park ($1.1 million) and remodeling its Tablado del Rio boardwalk ($2.2 million). The two locations will be linked via a pedestrian ramp on Route 199 with access for people with disabilities.

The Food Trail Park will provide 16 locations for restaurants, a warehouse and bathrooms. There will be rooftop seating in front of each space, and 72 parking spaces will be available.

Meanwhile, the Tablado del Rio boardwalk will include eight locations for food establishments and other facilities.

The project also includes a “Taste Guanabo” promotional campaign that will run on the municipality’s social media platform and a logo to participate in the gastronomic corridor and restaurant for free by signing up on the platform.

“We have been developing the initiative for a few months and it is time to set a date for the start of the experience, with the aim of complementing its culinary and gastronomic richness with the natural, historical and entertainment attractions of our city,” O’Neill said.

There are about 260 food and beverage establishments in Guanabo, which generate 1,000 direct and indirect jobs. As of June 30, the city had collected $3 million in municipal patents for the food and beverage concept and approximately $2 million in a 1% municipal sales and use tax.

O’Neill said the municipality will also develop a parking facility with a capacity of 400 vehicles using $1.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds.

This story was written by our staff based on a press release.