Tonawanda News


October 15, 2012

Gearing up for Local Restaurant Week

Tonawanda News — With the year’s second Local Restaurant Week starting up tomorrow, it’s time to considering how you’re going to fill up your dinner dance card this week. With about 200 restaurants participating this year, it’ll make for some tough decisions.

The deal is this: Customers can get lunch or dinner for one or two people for $20.12. The price stays the same, but the deals change. One restaurant may offer two dinners for $20.12, other, pricier restaurants may offer just one dinner for the same amount. 

In each case, though, you’ll get a chance to try a locally owned and operated restaurant at a fraction of the normal bill. The idea is to try something new, said Christa Hobart, of Local Restaurant Week. 

“(LRW) gets you out of your comfort zone,” she said. “It gets you to try a restaurant you normally wouldn’t ... an excuse to break from the norm.”

Which is exactly why Chaw Khaing, owner of Yummy Thai in North Tonawanda says she participates each time the twice-yearly event roles around.

“If (customers have) never been here before, this is their chance to try something new with cheaper prices,” she said, adding that she’s pleased to add to the variety of cuisines for LRW, particularly in the Tonawandas.

In terms of menu options for LRW, Yummy Thai’s is pretty flexible, Khaing said. Customers can choose from one of two dinnertime options. Option one is dinner for one for $20.12, which includes soup or appetizer, select entrees and a dessert or alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Option two is actually for $30.12, a dinner for two that includes an appetizer to share or two small soups, two select entrees and a dessert to share. 

With dozens of dishes to select, the combinations at Yummy Thai are nearly endless for LRW. And for those who are new to Thai food and may be wary of spicy dishes, restaurant workers are willing offer suggestions. Khaing said the restaurant’s specialties are peanut king and healthy garlic ... big sellers.

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