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Trolley signs will be posted along the Dana Point PCH Trolley route. Image: Courtesy of the city of Dana Point

By Allison Jarrell/Andrea Swayne

The Dana Point Lantern District Alliance has organized a special kick-off event for the first day of Dana Point’s free summer trolley service set for June 26.

The DPLDA, an organization made up of area business owners, issued a press release Thursday announcing the “Trolley Hop,” a program that has local bars and restaurants joining together to offer specials from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26 and inviting residents to make an evening of supporting the trolley and local businesses as well.

Sponsored by the DPLDA and Libre Tequila, food specials will be priced at $6 and under, with drink specials $5 and under. In order to receive the special discounts, participants must purchase an Inaugural Dana Point Trolley Mug for $10.

A full list of participating bars and restaurants will be available and updated daily online at the organization’s website,

As of press time Thursday, participating locations included Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar, Jack’s Restaurant, The Shwack Beach Grill, The Point Restaurant and Bar, Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant, Coffee Importers, Mahé, Harbor Delicatessen, Gemmell’s Restaurant, Luciana’s Restaurant, Brio Tuscany Grille, The Wine Bistro and Hennessey’s Tavern.

Participants can purchase their mug online using PayPal or by credit card. Mugs will also be available at the following DPLDA member locations beginning Friday, June 19: Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar, Brio Tuscany Grille, Luciana’s Restaurant, Harbor Delicatessen, Coffee Importers and Boneyard Café.

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