One of the easiest ways to help Baltimore rebuild? Dine out tonight. 

“I will freeze the pork chops I was planning to make for dinner,” said downtown Baltimore mom and small business owner Beth Laverick in a recent Facebook post. “Would much rather be surrounded by locals and supporting local businesses.”

Beth, owner of B Scene Events and Promotions, is reaching out to local restaurants AND families as part of month-long dine out campaign. Local restaurants can opt to participate in the promotion by visiting this page and completing profile information. Many participating establishments are offering a family deal or giving back to the rebuilding initiative — but that’s not required. The idea is to jumpstart a stalled small business economy due to the riots earlier this week  and city-wide curfew by getting local families to eat OUT. 

You can view participating restaurants here. The page also offers family-friendly insider tips. For example, headed to Amici’s? Try the tortellini with peas and ham. {Coincidentally, they are offering offering 10% off lunch and 20% off dinner for those who say “Peace Baltimore!” when entering.} The kids menu items at Captain Larry’s? According to B Scene, they are GREAT.

Mondays are Neighborhood night at The Wine Market in Locust Point. All entrees are 20% OFF and they offer 18 bottles of wine at $18/each! This offer is available to anyone that comes in for dinner at the bar or in the dining room from 5pm-10pm. Cafe Gia’s is offering an early bird family discount. Children 10 yrs and under eat gratis with an accompanying adult who orders an entree. 

“Cafe Gia is participating in #BeMoreFamilyEatOut to try to keep the economy stimulated, spirits alive and help create a sense of calm and peace by encouraging pedestrian friendly streets,” said Gia Blattermann, owner of Cafe Gia’s Ristorante and Pane e Vino in Little Italy. “I think Beth’s initiative is spectacular and it corroborates who we are and what we stand for, that we’re a community based city passionate about maintaining the positive aspects and attributes of Charm City.”

What do you say, Charm City? Skip the 5:30 dinner frenzy and grab a meal at your favorite local restaurant.

Just be home before 10.