MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — The 11th annual Downtown Dining Week starts Monday and all week restaurants will have deals designed to get you into the door.
This year, more than 60 restaurants in downtown have signed on to participate. That’s ten more than the year prior. Some businesses are joining for the first time but the increase also represents the number of new businesses that have opened such as, BarWare and 3rd & Court Diner.
Specials vary by business but many restaurants are offering up three course meals for $20.19. On top of dinner, some are also doing lunch specials which include lunch for $10.19 or two-for-ones for $10.19.
Menus for participating restaurants feature staples and new dishes they’ve whipped up.
“Downtown Dining Week is a great opportunity to showcase what you do best. We try to work with the restaurants to help them put together menus that give people a really easy taste of going in and understanding what that restaurant is,” Deni Reilly, Co-Founder of Downtown Dining Week and owner of the Majestic Grille, said.
Restaurants will also have wine and cocktail specials featuring Copolla wines, Tangueray gin, Herradura Tequila and Old Dominick’s.
For example, Majestic Grille will have a Memphis Toddy Milk Punch and a Cranberry Spiced Spritzer.
One of the newly opened restaurants, 3rd & Court Diner of the Across the Board Restaurant Group, is preparing for its first dining week. During the week, it will offer its daily lunch special at discount of $10.19.
“All the downtown businesses really can increase our sales and just highlight the great food in the Memphis scene,” Mark Pender, Across The Board Director of Operations, Restaurants & Catering, said. “We’re really excited to participate in all of our restaurants. We have 117 Prime that will be doing the nightly special for $20.19 and we’ll be doing it here for $10.19. Our other concept, Sunrise Memphis, on Jefferson, will be doing it as well.”
Reilly said the dining week offers a marketing opportunity to expose businesses to new eyes or bring back customers who haven’t visited in awhile.
“The prices are so low that it definitely is a marketing exercise. A lot of the restaurants.. you’re not going to make a ton of money that week but it is a great marketing opportunity to expose yourself and expose your neighbors,” she said.
They recommend making reservations where you can, especially the more upscale restaurants, because they do anticipate many locations being busy throughout the week.
Reilly also encourages patrons keep in mind gratuity isn’t included in the prices. A full list of the participating restaurants and their menu specials, click here.