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Restaurant Weeks in Washington County

Restaurant Weeks in Washington County
New web site announced: www.hagerstownrestaurantweeks.com

(Hagerstown. MD): The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced the third annual Hagerstown Restaurant Weeks featuring twenty-two participating restaurants throughout the county and region.
The two weeks this year are scheduled for August 8-21. The independent restaurants are offering special meals at special prices as part of this third annual event.
Restaurant Weeks offers diners the opportunity to try a new place, enjoy a sought-after specialty restaurant, or revisit their favorite dining establishment. A variety of restaurants are participating; some with cutting edge fine cuisine, a few local eateries, and several well-established favorites.
"All the participating restaurants are excited to welcome back old friends and introduce new ones to our restaurants," said Alex Tiches, general manager of LJ's & The Kat Lounge. "Washington County's independent restaurants offer a very personalized, high quality dining experience at a good value." Tiches is co-chair of the event.
The original idea for Hagerstown Restaurant Weeks came from the Convention and Visitors Bureau meeting with several local restaurants, and the CVB helped organize a committee to plan the annual events. "Several other communities across the country offer annual Restaurant Weeks, and we decided that because Washington County enjoyed last two years' event so much, we should hold a much larger third annual! Our county has so many high-quality restaurants that are locally-owned, we believe that the timing is right," said Tom Riford the President and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mid-August is historically a slower time for local restaurants. Restaurant Weeks aims to provide tasty relief with special pricing and offers to make the event an attractive opportunity for visitors and residents alike. Local restaurants are offering a sampling of three course meals at three attractive price points, $15.10. $20.10, $30.10. Please see the list of participating restaurants for the particular menus and offers.
All Restaurant Weeks features are offered in addition to the regular menu and do not include beverage, tax, or gratuity. Some restaurants are offering additional special values and pricing.
"We are excited to participate in Hagerstown's third annual Restaurant Weeks," said proprietor of Hempen Hill BBQ, Kathy Reeder. "Our Executive Chef has put together some fun food packages just for the event that are sure to be hits! Hempen Hill BBQ expects great things from this year's event and looks forward to many more years to come."
Having almost double of the number of restaurants participating this year is exciting. "These restaurant owners are part of the community and are at the restaurant working and welcoming their guests," said Alex Tiches. "They are passionate about taking care of them and offering them amazing food and service." Tiches looks forward to welcoming new visitors to the community, "We want people to come and discover the real restaurants of Hagerstown!"
While Restaurant Weeks encourages people in the area to dine at local establishments, it also hopes to entice visitors to the area. Many hotels in Washington County are offering special pricing to encourage visitors to take part in this special event, and to stay in the area. The CVB is advertising the event in regional and statewide media.
Paul Giannaris of Nick's Airport Inn is helping co-chair the annual Restaurant Weeks. "There are many great restaurants in this area. We want to welcome people to enjoy some great fine dining opportunities here. We are very pleased to again be part of this terrific annual event!"
For complete information about Hagerstown Restaurant Weeks, a list of the specials for each restaurant, and a link to each restaurant's website in addition to hotel specials visit www.hagerstownrestaurantweeks.com.
The Hagerstown-Washington County CVB is the main organizing sponsor of Restaurant Weeks, and is also financially sponsoring the web site and advertising. The award-winning DH WEB designed the new web site. Other sponsors include: BP Lesky, Wantz Distributors, The Herald-Mail Newspapers, the City of Hagerstown, Premium Distributors, Greensburg Farm Market, William Hill Winery and Hob Nob Wines.
Diners are urged to please check on the participating restaurants' days and hours of operation.
"This is a unique time when restaurants have volunteered to offer special meal pricing, in the spirit of cooperation in welcoming people to locally-owned fine dining establishments," said committee co-chair Paul Deputy of The Gourmet Goat and GG's Restaurant. "Reservations are recommended, and each individual restaurant has planned an inviting menu choice at this special pricing. Make sure you call ahead to ensure the establishment's Restaurant Weeks participation, scheduling, and offer."
Participating restaurants include: Always Ron's Restaurant and Catering, Aqua 103, Black Eyed Susan Restaurant and Catering, Bulls and Bears, Carmine's Italian Restaurant, Crazy Horse Steak House and Saloon, Durango's, Georgia Boy Cafă at Park Circle, Hempen Hill BBQ, LJ's and the Kat Lounge, Laila's Kitchen, Maloo's Pub and Grill, Nick's Airport Inn, Palettie - A Gourmet Bistro & Catering Restaurant, Rocky's Pizza and Cafe Napoli, Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant, Schula's Grill and Crab House, The Gourmet Goat and GG's Restaurant, and The Landing Restaurant and Pub. New to Restaurant Weeks are three Mercersburg fine-dining establishments: Flannery's Tavern on the Square, Byron's Dining Room at the Mercersburg Inn, and the James Buchanan Pub and Restaurant.
Hotels and B&B's offering special packages include: Antietam Guest House, Best Western Grand Venice Hotel, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, Inn on Potomac, Red Roof Inn - Williamsport, Sleep Inn and Suites - Clear Spring, and the SpringHill Suites by Marriott.
Hagerstown-Washington County is home to five national parks, eight state parks, over 30 museums, and is rated first in Retail Shopping Opportunities. For more information about Hagerstown and Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com

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