Mitzi Saxon, downtown program manager, said this is a great chance for residents and visitors to try restaurants and menu items they’ve never tried before.
“Downtown Restaurant Week is meant to be a celebration of our unique collection of restaurants and food stores,” Saxon said Wednesday. “We have 12 participants for this first event.” Kyle Bennett, director of tourism and visitors center operations, said restaurant week is not a new concept, but it’s “new to downtown Woodstock.”
“Other areas have done this type of event, and it’s a really great time for people to try restaurants or items on the menu at a restaurant,that they normally wouldn’t,” Bennett said. “It’s all about getting people to explore all the different offerings that the area has.”
Participating restaurants will offer fixed-price menus during the event, and food stores will offer specials throughout the event.
Food shops Cupcakelicious and Leaning Ladder will offer in-store discounts; Century House Tavern will have a $25 menu; Ipp’s Pastaria, Magnolia Thomas and Pure Taqueria will have $20 menus; Fire Stone Wood Fired Grill and J. Miller’s Smokehouse will have $15 menus; and Canyons Burger Company, Hot Dog Heaven, ICE Martini Bar and J. Christopher’s will have $10 menus.
Bennett said each restaurant’s special menu will be put online on multiple websites so people can decide which places to visit before the week of the program. Saxon said the new program was a joint idea of Main Street Woodstock and the restaurants downtown.
“Even though we do Friday Night Live and other types of events, the restaurants don’t really get involved with that, other than receiving the normal crowd they would have to seat,” Saxon said. “They’ve been really good about helping and catering for the Main Street organizations for different events, and we thought we would like to pay it forward and give them a special time to showcase the restaurants by themselves.”
Saxon said Main Street Woodstock hopes to make the event a biannual program, and Bennett said he expects even more restaurants to participate in the future.
“We’re hoping to do it again, based on the success of this one, in October or November,” Saxon said.
The event website can be found at www.woodstockrestaurantweek.com.