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Unique Reno travel and nightlife guide highlights Reno revival



renoguide-231x300-7962499-3972724Despite the declining economy, Reno is experiencing an exciting local restaurant, bar and retail revival including the fast-growing, new Midtown District. Many of these businesses are focusing on innovative, sustainable, natural and local products. The “Happy, Fun, Party Travel Guide to Ren” (2013 edition) helps locals and tourists alike navigate all the new and fun bars, clubs, restaurants, casinos, attractions and festivals in Reno and Sparks.

The author, Ed SJC Park, has lived in Reno since 1995 and also includes a nostalgic trip of old, closed, favorite bars, casinos and restaurants along with random Reno trivia. The book references over 300 local businesses.

“I go out all the time and keep up with all the new restaurants, and I’m always surprised at how many tourists and locals for that matter really don’t know this town and all it has to offer. Nobody knows about First Friday’s at Grand Sierra, the Pirate Crawl, Nada Dada, craft cocktail bar 1864, Midtown Wine Bar, 101 Taiwanese Cuisine, two hidden Filipino restaurants, Kenji’s Korean taco truck, a wine bar and art studio, dim sum at CaiE’s Oriental Cafe. There are too many hidden treasures to mention here. Outside the casino scene, I don’t think tourists have any idea just how much Reno has to offer. I got the idea to write this after a friend challenged me to hit every bar in Reno, and I hit every bar in Reno, Sparks and Sun Valley. I figured I knew the nightlife scene well enough as well as the city that I could help other people find just the right restaurant or party for them in Reno and Sparks. There are other Reno travel guides out there, but most are outdated, half split the book with Lake Tahoe, and few cover restaurants and nightlife as extensively. I also really wanted to focus on independently owned, local businesses. Shopping locally is what is really going to help our local economy rebound.”

The book can be purchased at amazon.com for $13.50 or  as an eBook for $8. More information and ongoing updates can be found at the author’s Facebook page:

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