The third annual Ogden Restaurant Week is happening April 10-19, giving community members a chance to dine locally on delicious food.
Nineteen of Ogden’s best independently owned restaurants will be participating in this years’ event, which allows anyone to eat at these places for a discounted price.
Many tend to stray from eating at independently owned restaurants because of the price. For restaurant week, the eateries will have special restaurant week menus that have $8 two-course lunches, as well as $15 three-course dinners.
The regular menus will still be available for diners if they want to try something else. Steve Ballard, owner of Sonora Grill and Thai Curry Kitchen recently told City Weekly that “our goal is to let people know that locally grown and prepared food is available in locally owned restaurants with unique history, architecture and décor.”
Restaurant week is a great time for downtown Ogden because the spring is a slow time for tourism in Utah. Instead of wishing ski resorts were still open, people can go downtown for some good eats.
According to Sydnie Furton from Visit Ogden, the restaurants featured in the event see a 25 percent increase in sales during restaurant week. She said this event is also good for awareness since it gives the people of Ogden a chance to explore their local businesses, as well as help the economy.
People are often particular about where they eat and get stuck on going to one restaurant all the time. Restaurant Week promotes some of the surrounding places to give people a chance to think outside the box and try something new.
These events often draw out local “foodies,” people who are passionate about eating and trying new foods. They look for the whole restaurant experience.
Restaurant Week isn’t just for foodies though. This event is good for families, college students or even for dates.
Visit Ogden is doing a Facebook and Instagram campaign for Restaurant Week. If people eat at all 19 of the restaurants and post a picture at each one, they will get a gift card from all of the restaurants, adding up to about $475 worth of gift cards.
Through Instagram, gift cards totaling up to $300 are up for grabs for those who follow all of the restaurants on the social media site.
The restaurants participating in the event are Bangkok Garden, Bistro 258, Brixton’s Baked Potato, Harley & Bucks, Hearth on 25th Street, Lighthouse Lounge, Lucky Slice, MacCool’s Public House, The Prairie Schooner and Steak House, Roosters Brewing Co., Rovali’s Ristorante, Scrud’s Gourmet Grub, Slackwater Pub and Pizzeria, Sonora Grill, Tona Sushi Bar and Grill, Thai Curry Kitchen, Tokyo Station Teppanyaki and Sushi, Warren’s Craft Burger and Union Grill.