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Visit Beloit Blog | January 20, 2018

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Fridays in the Park - Downtown Beloit

Fridays in the Park – It’s What’s For Lunch!

The Food Routine

Since I retired, I’ve been trying to eat at home as much as possible. Not only does it save a little money, but it’s (maybe) a little healthier. I really am beginning to like my own cooking. Really.


I do have a routine of eating out, though. On Wednesday nights, I frequent the 615 Club for a nice steak or maybe one of the chef’s featured items. On Thursday nights, I have to head to Domenico’s for some pizza and to hear Glenn Davis and Pops Fletcher (a.k.a. Matt Goodwin) play the blues.

Better Weather = New Endeavor

Last Friday, I had some errands to run and it was such a picture-perfect day that I just had to be outside enjoying it. Rather than fix lunch at home, I headed downtown for Fridays in the Park. The Downtown Beloit Association began Fridays in the Park several years ago. It was created to further a sense of community downtown. It’s held on the First National Bank Plaza at the corner of State and Grand. A very reasonably priced lunch is provided by a different local restaurant each week. Throughout the summer you’ll be able to enjoy food from Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint, Bagels and More, Rivals, Suds O’Hannahan’s, and La Casa Grande, among others.



Last week, Domenico’s served up a few of their classics. Peter and his crew offered a tossed salad, mostaccioli with a meat ball, garlic bread, and a soft drink for $6.00. I’ve had Domenico’s mostaccioli many times and it’s every bit as good served on the street as it is in the restaurant! If you’re looking for dessert, Dove bars are sold separately.

But Wait, There’s More!


Every week, Friday’s in the Park features live music as well. Last week, Blues With Brother K performed. Future Fridays will feature Glenn Davis and Matt Goodwin, the Steve Doiel Trio, the Harlan Jefferson Trio, the Rob Tomaro Jazz Trio, and more.

Even if you have to go back to work after lunch, Fridays in the Park is a great way to relax, enjoy a summer day and hang out with friends; you’re sure to see someone you know. It’s the best way I know to chill out on a warm day.




I am a life-long resident of the area who just retired after a 35 year career as a pharmacist. I’ve been involved in a number of community organizations including Rotary Club, City of Beloit Parks Commission, Friends of Beckman Mill, Beloit International Film Festival board, Beloit City Council (2003-2011), and am currently chair of the Beloit Police and Fire Commission. I’m an avid car enthusiast who writes freelance automotive articles. Widowed in 2011, I share my home and life with my two cats, Bernie and Millie.

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