Tonawanda News — As spring finally starts to unfold in Western New York, residents are likely eager to get out of their houses — and organizers of Local Restaurant Week hope they’ll consider eating out as they do that.
Christa Hobart, event coordinator, said 25 new restaurants will be taking part in this spring’s event, which runs from Monday through April 6. In all, 200 restaurants from Hamburg to Lockport will participate, featuring special menu features for $20.14 for one or two people.
Many offer their Local Restaurant Week features for dinner, with some opting for lunch features as well. Hobart said a few are offering breakfast options this time as well.
“I always tell people to use Local Restaurant Week as an excuse to go out and try something new,” she said. “You always have that restaurant in your neighborhood that you always drive by ... but you’ve never gone in. For $20.14, why don’t you give it a try?”
Benefits for restaurants, in turn, include getting customers both old and new into their doors, Hobart said. “This winter’s been rough for restaurants. It’s been cold and people have not gone out to eat like they normally would.”
Among the newcomers, Hobert said she was particularly excited about the addition of four Duff’s Famous Wings restaurants (including the Niagara Falls location), North Tonawanda’s Remington Tavern and Bacchus in Buffalo.
Sammy Mansour, one of the owners of the Niagara Falls Duff’s, said the restaurant’s parent company decided to take part and “We decided to all go in on it.” The restaurant, which opened in August, will offer lunch or dinner for two for $20.14, including 20 wings, a large order of French fries and a large pitcher of pop, or two large sandwiches, large order of French fries and a small pitcher of pop.