For the second straight summer, the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce will feature the area’s vibrant restaurant community in an effort to bring more exposure to the local industry and generate traffic during the slower summer months.
Gainesville Restaurant Week provides a great opportunity for both restaurants and residents alike. GRW will be featuring local participating eateries from Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, August 4, a 10-day event that encompasses two weekends.
Last year, thousands of residents and visitors took advantage of the greatest excuse for going out to eat on the calendar year and explored the wide variety of local establishments. Some chose to take advantage of the value-driven menus at their favorite restaurants, while others seized the opportunity to check out restaurants they never experienced before.
For restaurants, the opportunity to reward their regulars with special offerings while attracting new customers is one reason Gainesville Restaurant Week is too good to pass up. Last year, Bert Gill joined the Chamber and included his three restaurants, Mildred’s Big City Food, New Deal Café, and Blue Gill Quality Food, in Restaurant Week, with great results.
“We absolutely had great volume that week that we didn’t normally have, our projections were ahead for that week,” said Gill. “We had new people, and we had our regular people. It’s fun for our regular customers.”
As for this year, Gill plans on having Mildred’s and Blue Gill participate once again.
“Participating in Restaurant Week is a no-brainer,” said Gill. “It’s a great opportunity to reach people with a value.”
Dragonfly Sushi, one of Gainesville’s most popular downtown restaurants will be participating this year for the first time.
“Participating in Restaurant Week is about being part of the community, that’s the most important part,” said Hiro Leung, Creative Director of Dragonfly Sushi. “I felt like I was left out last year by not participating.”
Ginger Nappy will also be including her Italian restaurant, Napolatano’s, in Restaurant Week for the second year.
“It is really nice to have the Chamber supporting local businesses with programs like Restaurant Week and the great value it provides,” said Nappy. “Our customers really enjoyed that!”
Restaurants interested in signing up to participate in Gainesville Restaurant Week can do so by filling out the form here and submitting their application to Tiffany D. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.