Restaurant Week most successful yet in Nashville - WKRN News 2

Restaurant Week most successful yet in Nashville

Posted: Updated: Jan 21, 2012 11:42 AM CST
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Restaurant Week was the most successful in the event's seven year history, according to Jay Young, manager of Noshville Delicatessan.

Sunset Grill, one of around 50 restaurants participating, decided to extend the event for another week.

Restaurant Week kicked off Monday with deals for diners at dozens of area restaurants.

Sponsored by Nashville Originals, Restaurant Week is held twice a year and aims to introduce diners to locally owned and operated eateries.

This year is the first time new restaurant Burger Up participated.

General Manager Kevin Crowley told Nashville's News 2 the event is the perfect way to be introduced to customers in Nashville.

"Seeing a lot of new faces, hopefully wining over new customers, getting the word out because we don't do a lot of advertising either so it's all been word of mouth," Crowley said.

Burger Up focuses on everything local, from the beef they serve to the vegetables. Even the tables are from Middle Tennessee.

"We're a firm believer in using local products, farmers who are out there trying to make a living and just supporting people around here," Crowley said.

That stance holds true for all of the participating restaurants.

Nearly 50 businesses participated this year, including some coffee shops and bars.

"It's real enticing, it gives someone the ability to maybe try something new without breaking the bank," Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse owner, Mike Kelly told Nashville's News 2.

Jimmy Kelly's was just one of the participating restaurants that offered a four-course meal including an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert for a discounted price.

"This certainly is a reasonable way for them to get out and have a little dinner," Kelly said, adding, "We don't have big marketing budgets, so this is our way of kind of celebrating, come out and try us and see how we are, break away from the chain [restaurants], come to your local spot."

Customer Aimee Ramos was just one customer who took advantage of the specials on Monday.

"I think it's very important to support the local economy and also it gives Nashville it's own character, you ravel anywhere else and there's all these chains you been to before so it's nice to support the local economy and the local restaurants," customer Aimee Ramos said.

Many restaurants, including Rumba and Cabana, offered three course meals, featuring an appetizer or salad, an entree and dessert for $20.20.

Other participants, such as Holland House Bar and Refuge and Red Pony, offered three course dinners for $30.12.

Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, January 22.

For the complete list of participating restaurants, visit NashvilleOrginals.com.

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