The $5 million Midweek Melbourne Money dining scheme will end at 11.59pm on Tuesday 30 November, with Victorians scraping the plate clean in less than three weeks.
That means diners have two more days to claim a 30 per cent rebate on midweek meals in the City of Melbourne.
More than 114,000 claims have been made since the program began on 15 November. Approved claims have topped $3.8 million, meaning patrons have spent more than $12 million in Melbourne restaurants, cafes and bars.
A whopping 92 per cent of diners said the scheme was one of their main reasons for spending time in the city – and 40 per cent said they also went shopping during their visit.
While meals must be polished off by Tuesday, diners can submit their receipts for claims until Thursday 2 December.
Midweek Melbourne Money is being offered through the $200 million Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund – a joint partnership between the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government.
Attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp
“In just shy of three weeks, we’ve seen Victorians pump $12 million into the local economy through Midweek Melbourne Money – and that’s not even counting the flow-on effect to retail and entertainment,” the Lord Mayor said.
“There are currently more pedestrians in the city than at any time in the past year, which highlights the huge success of this scheme in generating enormous momentum in the city.
“There are just a couple of days left to take advantage of the program, so make a booking at one of our city’s great bars, restaurants or cafes for Monday or Tuesday.
“Let’s keep the momentum going as the scheme draws to a close – there are plenty of reasons to celebrate in marvelous Melbourne as we move into the silly season.”
Attributable to City Activation Portfolio Lead Councillor Roshena Campbell
“Dining out has been one of the things Victorians have missed most over the past two years – and Melbourne Money has provided a clear incentive to visit city restaurants,” Cr Campbell said.
“An incredible 92 per cent of diners told us Melbourne Money was one of their main reasons for visiting the city.”