It was supposed to be a one-off. A weeklong event in 2021 that would highlight, and hopefully benefit, local businesses after their doozy of a 2020. But Duke’s Mayo diehards are, well, diehards, and Hot Tomato Summer is back for year two, this time with nearly triple the number of participating restaurants.
“We opened it up to everyone,” says Duke’s marketing manager Rebecca Lupesco.
From pop-ups like Oro and SmashedRVA to mainstays like Can Can, more than 50 Richmond restaurants are participating in this year’s campaign, running from Monday, July 18 through Sunday, July 24. There are also about a dozen Greenville, S.C. restaurants (home of Duke’s creator, Eugenia Duke) hosting their own Hot Tomato Summer.