Change in Saratoga Restaurant Week brings extra choices

Saratoga County’s Restaurant Week is again, however this 12 months each restaurant picks its personal value.

The prix fixe menus vary from $15 to $60 for a three-course meal. The occasion, dubbed “Save Our Locals,” runs from Thursday, Feb. 17 to Thursday, Feb. 24.

The thought is to get clients to assist native eating places, to not lure them in with heavy reductions.

“We all know meals prices have skyrocketed. The identical is true for the packaging you could purchase for take-out,” the Saratoga County Chamber wrote in a message to restaurateurs. “If you wish to supply discounted costs, that’s nice. However we will likely be selling this as a method for native folks to avoid wasting our native eating places so discounted meals is NOT the main focus.”

In the long run they acquired 31 websites to take part, from the high-end luxurious eating places to a easy sandwich store. A number of websites that will not usually slot in a prix fixe three-course meal program are doing it this 12 months.

Cordona’s Market is promoting four-person take-and-bake meal kits for $69.95. There’s a distinct one every day, from Meatball Monday (spaghetti and meatballs as the primary course) to Fuh-Getta-Bout-It Friday (eggplant parmesian).

Malta Bowled is providing $4 smoothies by way of the week, whereas Esperanto, a sandwich store not usually seen on Restaurant Week lists, is providing probably the most cheap meal: $15 for a sandwich, chips and a drink.

A number of eating places, together with Circa ’21 at McGregor Hyperlinks, are merely providing a full menu, from which patrons can order by the merchandise.

However many are sticking to the normal prix fixe, similar to Morton’s The Steakhouse, the place for $40 a patron’s selections embody lobster bisque, filet mignon and double chocolate mousse. At Salt & Char, Saratoga’s farm to desk steakhouse, the value is $60 and affords selections similar to shrimp and scallops and chocolate crème brulee.

Patrons can make a reservation on-line at any of the collaborating eating places on the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce web site. Clicking on the icon for any restaurant exhibits that restaurant’s menu and value for the occasion.

It’s a big change from final 12 months’s Save Our Locals $20.21 program. The thought was to induce folks to spend not less than $20.21 anyplace – at a retail retailer, a restaurant or another enterprise. Clients despatched in a photograph of their receipts to enter a contest for present playing cards.

Final November, Uncover Saratoga additionally held Restaurant Week, with dinners for $25 to $35 and lunches for $15.

This 12 months, the Save Our Locals program focuses on eating places, however clients can nonetheless ship of their eating receipts through the week to [email protected] to enter the competition.

“We noticed an outpouring of group assist with Save Our Locals $20.21, and we needed to take the chance to proceed the momentum by reminding our residents that saving our locals doesn’t finish now that it’s 2022,” stated Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.