Businesses weigh in on Restaurant Week impact

Businesses weigh in on Restaurant Week impact


Restaurant Week is well underway in South Carolina, and in our area, there are 14 restaurants officially participating in the event. That number may surprise you when you think about the number of eateries in the Pee Dee and on the Grand Strand.

Some businesses that used to participate are not joining in this year and explained why.  Crady's Eclectic Cuisine in Conway is one restaurant that backed out of Restaurant Week this year citing the price tag of signing up for the event.

It costs $350 for anyone to officially join Restaurant Week, $300 of that pays for marketing and the other $50 is in the form of a gift card.
Vidalia's at the Sheraton, Myrtle Beach also dropped out this year.  An employee said the reason why may be because Vidalia's didn't see a big bump in business.

There are also five restaurants in our area that are new for this year.  One of them is Sam Snead's Oak Grill and Tavern off Highway 501.

Manager Philip Brown said the restaurant can use a surge in customers during this special event..

I think generally right after New Year's is a slow time generally anywhere you are, added Brown.  To get people in the door I think it's a great time to do it this time of year.

There is also Croissants Bistro and Bakery where business is so good, it is turning Restaurant Week to Restaurant Month for the second year in a row.

"Last year we extended it throughout the month of January and we are planning to do again this year,
said owner Heidi Vukov.  In addition to that we are planning some other specials during January.

Restaurant Week officially ends Sunday then, it will be up to chefs and business owners to decide whether to keep their specials going a little while or to focus on how to create new interest this summer when Coastal Uncorked starts.

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