JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce announced a new partnership with Southern Tier Independent Restaurants (STIR).
The chamber will now provide staffing resources and help support STIR’s website and Facebook page. The chamber will also help distribue STIR’s dining guide.
Southern Tier Independent Restaurants, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of locally-owned independent restaurants in Broome, Chenango, and Tioga Counties. The mission of STIR is to promote local restaurants and create a more vibrant dining scene across the Southern Tier.
“I was visiting my kids in California, and I said, ‘Well let’s go out to dinner.’ There were no locally-owned independent restaurants where they lived. Wow this is crazy, your community has no soul. Come to Binghamton, we have a lot of culinary soul, and we do. What a broad array of restaurants we have in this community,” said STIR secretary Paul VanSavage.
The partnership comes after the realization that strictly volunteer-staffing of STIR wasn’t a viable long-term option, and while the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce normally advocates local businesses in general, they say they were more than happy to form this alliance.
“The chamber is supportive of big box, little box, I mean we’re supportive of everyone. But this is a key piece that makes us different right? The restaurants that are here are not anywhere else, so we need to make sure that we support them and promote them,” said Binghamton Chamber President and CEO Jennifer Conway.
Also announced was the formation of a new restaurant week, promoting locally-owned independent restaurants across Broome County. An official date for this restaurant week has yet to be determined.