Restaurant Week a Grand Success
Eat Local Campaign Brings Out Residents
To help promote Westport Restaurant Week and urge residents to “eat local,” First Selectman Jim Marpe (3rd r) and Matthew Mandell, Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce executive director, (2nd l) had lunch at Post 154 today and tasted the creations of Executive Chef Alex Rosado (3rd l) They were joined by Jonathan Baron, chairman of the coard of the WWCC, Steve Desloge president of the Downtown Merchants Association (2nd r), and Dewey Loselle (r) operations manager for Westport.
Many restaurants saying this was the best weeks they had this year
The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that this Fall’s Restaurant Week(s) will run from Sunday October 5th though Sunday October 19th. It’s all part of their “Eat Local” campaign to promote area restaurants, which began two weeks ago with the Slice of Saugatuck.
This year Restaurant Week features 27 eateries offering Prix Fixe meals to suit any foodie’s interest and pocket book. Venues from one end of Westport and Saugatuck, all the way into Southport, will once again be treating diners to a gastronomical feast. New this year, to augment the offerings, will be two specialty cocktail bars for those who would like a drink before or after their fine meal.
“It is a much more robust and diversified group of restaurants and bars participating this year,” said WWCC Executive Director Matthew Mandell. “We want people to eat local and with new flexible pricing instituted, it will allow both the moderate family style and high end establishments to find their price point and patrons eager to try their bistro.”
Instead of a single price for all places, each one has set their own prix fixe ranging from $15-$25 for lunch and $25-$35 for dinner. And also new this year is brunch for $20 and up being offered by many of the locales.
“Restaurant Week is a very important event for us,” said George O’Connell, manager of The Spotted Horse, “not only is it a great marketing tool to introduce new customers to our restaurant, it can be seen as a reward to those customers that enjoy dining here on a regular basis. I only see it as a 'win-win' for both sides of the menu."
Westport has seen two new specialty cocktails bars open recently and they have been inserted into the mix. “The inclusion of these unique venues adds a little spice to the event, giving people an opportunity to have that before dinner Martini or a night cap,” added Mandell, ”it allows residents an expanded experience that makes it that much more fun and vibrant.”
Restaurant week, running for two weeks, is a tried and true event that gives restaurateurs an opportunity to show off what they do with hopes of finding new regulars. Maria Funicello, co-owner of Tuttis, a Saugatuck mainstay summed it up best, “when you come to Tuttis, you dine at my house, come, have a meal with my family.”