On my forum, frankiefau–who we’ll assume works for the company that puts on Downtown Restaurant Week because he’s asked a similar questions before writes:
For good or not, Downtown Restaurant Week returns Aug 22-28. I have posted both Clayton and Downtown Restaurant Weeks on here before. This time, i would like to hear what you guys think of the concept. A value, a benefit, good menus or just go away and quit posting here?
This year, I’ll bite…
The idea–getting people to go out and try new spots in the city they might not normally frequent–is great. The problem lies in the fact that most of the restaurants that participate, in the central downtown area, don’t deliver at any price. An American Place was, literally, the only restaurant that has ever participated that many had any interest in dining at in the past.
Throw in the blatant marketing behind these events with brands like, Stella, Terrazas, and Pearl Vodka, and it’s a pass for most people that are truly food enthusiasts rather than “foodies” waiting for the next Guy Fieri show to debut.
Speaking for myself, the one restaurant I have some interest in dining at on this years list is Prime 1000. But then you look at the menu and it’s not representative of why you’d want to go to Prime 1000 for real: steak.
Think about that. They’re a steakhouse that has pork belly, chicken and shrimp as the entree choices.
So the reality is that most of these restaurants simply approach these nights as another day of doing business with a menu that should cost $25 vs a promotion that gets butts in seats–at a discount–in hopes that they might return at full price another time. It’s like that time Arthur Clay’s showed up at Taste of St. Louis serving pork steaks. That was a money grab if ever I saw one, and I loved that restaurant.
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