April’s “First Friday Cash Lunch Mob” at English Ales

April’s Cash Lunch Mob was at English Ales and it was a huge success. Several of us met for lunch at English Ales with cash in hand and “Marina Pride” in our hearts.

Our event was not formal, and we did not make any reservations other than a warning to Karen Blackwell , “be ready for a mob of cash paying customers this Friday.” Karen graciously offered the large room for us to use and even gave each of us a discount.

About English Ales Brewery

Founded in 2000 by the English born family of Peter and Rosemary Blackwell and their daughter Karen, with the intention of providing our customers with fresh, English Style Ales.

Now in their 19th year, they have expanded their line to accommodate those who prefer a “hoppier” flavor, however, traditional English Style beers are their mainstay.

What many people do not realize, is that they also offer a great lunch and dinner menu with hard to beat prices.

What is the First Friday Cash Lunch Mob?

We call it the First Friday Cash Lunch Mob because once a month, we encourage as many people as possible, to hit up a local restaurant to show our support and pay with cash to help the owners save on credit card processing fee’s.

The chamber’s new Vice President, Elizabeth Plante, had this to say about our first event in March.

“I am excited that the Chamber’s new initiative was a success today. Marina is blessed with an incredibly diverse culinary offer. Let’s put the spotlight on restaurants that serve fresh and delicious food! The Friday Lunch Mob is the perfect excuse to show off to your friends, family and business partners how great it is to work and live in Marina. We filled several tables today. We hope even more will show up next month #meetmeinmarina, haha!” – Elizabeth Plante, Monterey Bay Moves Owner & Marina Chamber of Commerce Vice President

Although we encourage everyone to pay cash whenever possible every day of the month, when we gather in a large crowd like this, it has certain advantages.

  • Socializing, networking, and making new friends.
  • Other customers get to see a packed house.
  • A full parking lot for passers-by to see.
  • It encourages awareness to some of our great hidden treasures, and popular local favorites.

If you have ever worked in the industry, you know how tough it can be for both the employees, and the employers. Getting into the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart.

Our local restaurants work hard to serve our community week in and week out and this is a nice way to say thank you.


If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow us at our brand new Instagram account instagram.com/marina.chamber and be sure to use the hashtag #meetmeinmarina when posting anything about Marina.

We have added an Instagram feed to our homepage so that we can all celebrate all the wonderful things in this community together. In addition, it will help to share with the world, what we all love best about Marina.

In Closing

As the new President of the Marina Chamber of Commerce, I am very excited about helping our local community, chamber members, and economy flourish. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and for being a part of this amazing community we call home!

#meetmeinmarina 😉

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Geno is the Owner of Monterey Premier (Website, SEO & Digital Marketing Services), former Chair of the Marina Chamber of Commerce and Creator of the Marina Community Facebook Group currently at over 3.6K members. He is passionate about Jesus, family, and building community.
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