NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK CONTINUES SWEET SUCCESS STORY
(4/29/2010) Fourth New Haven Restaurant Week is a Thriving Showcase of Destination Cuisine
NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 2010 - Following the continued success of the fourth New Haven Restaurant Week, the bi-annual event is now lauded as an institution for the New England city. Twenty-seven restaurants participated in the spring event from April 18-23, many citing that the culinary experience will be a mainstay in New Haven for years to come. According to Anne Worcester, chief marketing officer for Market New Haven, New Haven Restaurant Week brought more than a 25% increase in reservations at many establishments and upwards of 35,000 diners to the downtown area.
“Since New Haven Restaurant Week began in 2008, visitors and locals alike have been able to experience our world-class culinary offerings,” said Mayor John DeStafano, Jr. “"We are delighted once again at the success of the event and the support that our participating restaurants in New Haven have received. We look forward to many more New Haven Restaurant Weeks in the coming years as the City's extensive array of dining options continues to expand.”
Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill reported record breaking numbers, doubling their sales year over last. The Southwestern restaurant hosted nearly 1,700 diners throughout the course of the week. Geronimo serves as a prime example of the continued success of New Haven Restaurant Week and the increasing portfolio of renowned international cuisine.
Leon’s Restaurant reported a sizeable 28% increase in sales from the previous restaurant week in November 2009; the venue was at maximum capacity on Friday night. Following the event, Bethany Thompson, general manager of Leon’s stated, “My head is still swimming from such a successful restaurant week!” Heirloom, located at The Study at Yale, also reported record numbers with a 28% increase over the last restaurant week and a 93% increase over regular business. Tre Scalini Ristorante reported an increase of more than 30% in wine sales during the week, while Scoozzi Trattoria and Wine Bar noted it was their most successful New Haven Restaurant Week to date.
Also joining in on the success this spring, many of downtown New Haven’s unique shops and boutiques offered 20% off of any one item for diners of New Haven Restaurant Week. Kimberly Pedrick of idiom, a popular shop in downtown New Haven, stated that the store saw “a 40% increase in business over our number last year.” The promotional savings will be valid at select stores until April 30, 2010.
Established by Market New Haven and in partnership with participating New Haven restaurant owners, New Haven Restaurant Week was introduced in November 2008 to showcase the city’s dynamic dining scene. This spring’s restaurants included: 116 Crown (Cocktails, Wine & Small Plates Lounge), Barcelona (Spanish Wine Bar), Basta Trattoria (Southern Italian), Bentara (Malaysian), Bespoke (Modern American), Café Goodfellas (Regional Italian), Carmen Anthony Steakhouse (Steak, Seafood & Wine), Caseus (Fromagerie & Bistro), Central Steakhouse (Steak, Seafood & Wine), Consiglio’s Restaurant (Authentic Italian), Downtown at the Taft (Modern American), Foster’s Restaurant (Modern American), Geronimo (Southwestern Cuisine), Heirloom (Modern American), Ibiza (Creative Spanish), John Davenport’s Restaurant at the Omni (Contemporary American), Kudeta (Asian Fusion), L’Orcio (Contemporary Italian), Leon’s Restaurant (Italian), Miya’s Sushi (Creative Sushi), Pacifico (Nuevo Latino), Scoozzi Trattoria and Wine Bar (Modern Italian), Soul de Cuba Café (Cuban), Thali (Regional Indian), Tre Scalini (Regional Italian), Union League Café (Parisian) and Zinc (Modern American).
Dates for fall 2010 New Haven Restaurant Week are already in the works and will be announced in the fall. For more information on all New Haven has to offer, visit the link below.
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