October 15 through October 21, Western New York’s Local Restaurant Week is celebrating 10 Years of dishing up palate-pleasing pairings of sumptuous food and local culture. And thankfully, no one’s full yet!
One of the Top 5 largest independent restaurant promotions in the country, WNY’s Local Restaurant Week is a biannual event that celebrates the vital role that local independent restaurants play in the region’s cultural identity and economy. The event is produced and managed by Food Service Enablers, an area food service technology company that also founded the event in support of local independent restaurants. Local Restaurant Week features over 200 participating restaurants, providing food lovers with an excuse to eat up the local culture, discover locally owned eateries and sample featured dishes priced at $20.18, $30.18 and/or $40.18.
“I am one of the founders of Local Restaurant Week so Seabar was the first to participate,” explains Seabar owner, Mike Andrzejewski. “Local Restaurant Week came about because we had an idea to try to re-invigorate the local restaurant scene when it was a little quiet and slow in 2009. We wanted to try to target a new audience and get them into the local dining scene.” Mike goes on to explain how being part of the celebration has benefited his business. “It’s a great way to show off the local talent. Every year when we do Local Restaurant Week we bring in more new faces, make new regular customers and new friends. It’s a
great opportunity for Seabar to be a part of the community and for diners to see what we do!”
“We’ve been participating in the event since it started,” says Bill Panzica, owner of The Chocolate Bar. The Chocolate Bar participates because it brings in people from other areas of WNY that haven’t heard about The Chocolate Bar. We enjoy being a part of Local Restaurant Week because it brings a sense of community.
From the vendors to our employees, our whole team works together. I strongly believe being part of the celebration changed the whole direction of our business.”
It all started with just 60 restaurants in 2009, this fall, diners will be able to choose from a menu of more than 200 participating restaurants.
More information and a complete list of participating restaurants can be found at LocalRestaurantWeek.com.
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