Restaurant Weeks in Washington County
Restaurant Weeks in Washington County
Participating Restaurants Offering Specials
(Hagerstown): The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced the second annual Hagerstown Restaurant Weeks featuring a dozen participating restaurants throughout the county.
The first week was August 10-14. It's happening again this week - August 17-21, 2009. Twelve restaurants located throughout Washington County are offering special meals at special prices as part of this second 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. "Hagerstown'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 and plan the first year's event. "Several other communities across the country offer annual Restaurant Weeks, and we decided that because Washington County enjoyed last year's event so much, we should hold a second 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. Participating restaurants are offering either a $20.09 special or $30.09 three-course meal that includes an appetizer or salad, an entree, and a dessert. 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 value pricing.
"We are excited to participate in Hagerstown's second 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."
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.
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 sponsoring the event, and also financially sponsoring the web site and advertising. The award-winning DH WEB designed the new web site.
Please check on the participating restaurants' days and hours of operation.
"This is a 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 Tom Riford. "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."
"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!"
Participating restaurants include: Aqua 103, Barefoot Bernies, Beef O'Brady's, Black Eyed Susan Restaurant and Catering, Hempen Hill BBQ, LJ's and the Kat Lounge, Laila's Kitchen, Nick's Airport Inn, Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant, Schula's Grill and Crab House, The Gourmet Goat and GG's Restaurant, and Zodiac Bar and Grill.
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 rated first in Retail Shopping Opportunities. For more information about Hagerstown and Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com.