Restaurant Week in Charleston

Buzz Food Service is hosting the 5th annual Restaurant Week in Charleston starting January 29th.
“We started out with eight restaurants and we have six “5 timers” that are still doing it this year. This year we have 21 restaurants,” said Corporate Chef of Buzz Food Paul Smith.
We visited the owner of a participating restaurant, Paterno’s At The Park, and Niki talked with me about what this week means to their business.
“It was unbelievable! The amount of business that we saw from Restaurant Week that first year. We went from a week in January where we could have had six or seven tables a night to being completely full,” said Niki.
But the impact goes beyond the restaurants involved.
“You know it brings in people from all over the state. There is a $500,000 economic impact in this week alone in our state,” said Paul.
So how does Restaurant Week work? You buy a $30 ticket and that gets you an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert from some of the best chefs in the world.
“I really think that Charleston and West Virginia is kind of a best-kept secret as far as the culinary world goes. We have a couple of chefs that have gone and cooked at the James Beard House in New York,” said Paul.
If you would like more information about restaurant week you can go to.
“The is where you can go to the website and check out all of the restaurants and all of the menus.
And ABSOLUTELY do not forget.
“You definitely want to call us and make a reservation. It gets so busy that we would hate for you to show up and then be turned away at the door because we don’t have room for you,” said Niki.
And the best part about Restaurant Week is that you can get a taste of Charleston with a ticket and less than one tank of gas.

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