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Restaurant doors throughout Narragansett will open tonight with a specific aim, to generate public interest in their food. The third annual âNarragansett Restaurant Week is about to begin.
Twenty-six local restaurants participate in the restaurant week by giving customers quality meals at discount prices. This year, restaurants in North and South Kingstown and Westerly join prior participants in Narragansett and Wakefield. The variety of restaurants, from the Mediterranean-style dining of Spainâs to the quaint, local seafood of Champlinâs, attracts customers at a time when generating significant revenues is difficult.
âRestaurant Week has been great,â said Jeff Cooke, owner of the Mariner Grille. âFollowing the winter hibernation, March is a tough month. This week is a great boon.â âThis week gives restaurants a good glimpse of the future,â said Deborah Kelso, executive director of the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce. âIt letâs them know that âhey, weâre going to get through this.ââ
Customers can purchase a dinner for two at only $20 if they frequent Charlie Oâs Tavern. The Coast Guard House, an iconic restaurant for Narragansett residents, offers a three course lunch for only $13.11 with a choice of items such as New England clam chowder and an early spring vegetable risotto. Restaurants also offer more quirky prices, such as meals for $20.11, reflecting the current year.
The restaurant week not only provides businesses with more customers, but also affords locals the chance to discover places where they might otherwise never eat.
âWe have good quality restaurants all over Narragansett, so people have a choice of good prices and good quality,â said Antonio Mollo, owner of Catarinaâs Italian Village. âIt gives the awareness to people that we are here.â
Local business owners have expressed the need for such continued awareness. They carry great pride in being local and providing quality food. Yet residents will go to Newport or Providence, better advertised overall, to eat at restaurants which provide the same meal quality found at local businesses. The restaurant week aims to generate sustained local interest in restaurants not just in March, but throughout the entire year.
âSome locals go out of town to eat. I donât know why,â said Mollo. âWe have good restaurants here.â The restaurant week is part of a larger effort by the town of Narragansett to develop personal relationships between businesses and local residents. The state and national economy has weakened the success of small business and towns are looking to become fiscally responsible internally. Local support for restaurants is even more vital to the long term financial stability of Narragansett.
Local residents do not, however, have to worry much about such issues. They just need to go out and eat. â[Restaurant Week] is a fabulous deal,â said Kelso. âIt is cheaper to go out these ten days than to cook at home and there are more restaurants than ever!â
For more information visit www.narragansettri.com/chamber/
Below is a list of participating restaurants for Restaurant Week 2011:
Caseyâs Grille and Bar
Catarinaâs Italian Village
Charlie Oâs Tavern on the Point
Coast Guard House
Cool Beans CafĂ©
Georgeâs of Galilee
Markos Kabob and More
Matunuck Oyster Bar
Ocean View Gourmet Chinese
Pellyâs 19th Hole
Rhody Joeâs Saloon
Spain of Narragansett
Shelter Harbor Inn
West Bay Gourmet
For more information including each restaurantâs special menu for the week, visit www.narragansettri.com/chamberView more articles in: