The Block Island Times

Restaurant week proposed for June

By Lars Trodson | Mar 17, 2013

Seeking to give the local economy a boost right before the summer season kicks in, Kathy Szabo, President and CEO of the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, floated an idea for Restaurant Week — an event that would kickoff on June 14 and run through June 23.

Szabo brought the idea to the Tourism Council this week, saying that she hoped a wide range of restaurants — from takeout to fine dining — would participate. She asked the Tourism Council for a donation of $1,000 to go toward marketing the event. Tourism Council President Zena Clark recommended the group vote on the donation at its next meeting.

Szabo said she planned on emailing the restaurants in town this week to see what level of interest there is in such an event. Whether Restaurant Week actually happens depends on the response, she said. Versions of Restaurant Week occur in almost any city or town that has a wide variety of restaurants that want to showcase their drink or menu specials.

“It won’t cost the restaurants anything,” Szabo told the council.

“I think it’s great,” said Tourism Council member John Cullen.

Second Vice President Brad Marthens said, “It’s exciting. It’s nice to have something happening.”

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