Eats Week, downtown Manchester’s version of Restaurant Week, runs Saturday, April 5, through Saturday, April 12. It’s a week devoted to dining, where participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus and dining deals.
“This year we’re actually doing it a little bit differently,” said Sara Beaudry, Intown Manchester’s director of marketing. “Generally what we’ve done is utilize restaurants that have participated in Taste of Downtown [in the fall], but this year we're opening it up to all the restaurants in the downtown.”
New participating restaurants include Murphy’s Taproom and Murphy’s Diner, as well as Jade Dragon, which opened last fall.
Keith Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Taproom and Murphy’s Diner, sees Eats Week as an opportunity to introduce customers to what both eateries have to offer.
“It’s more than a place to grab a cold pint; it’s a place to get good house-made comfort food,” Murphy said. “Eats Week is a chance to expand that knowledge to everybody else. … We’re really hoping it introduces new people to the diner next door. It’s a year old [but] it’s still pretty new.”
During Eats Week, Murphy’s Diner will be offering a BOGO discount: buy one entree, get one free after 11 a.m. At Murphy’s Taproom, customers who purchase any food item will get another food item half-off, Murphy said.
There are over 50 restaurants and cafes in downtown Manchester, Beaudry said, and she expects 30 or more to participate in Eats Week. Last year, 24 restaurants participated.
“It’s just a way to highlight [restaurants], and put the spotlight on fine dining,” Beaudry said. “[Intown staff will] try to go to really as many as we’re physically able to. We’ll definitely do lunches and we go out with our families. I always try to pick a spot that I haven't been to.”
Beaudry added that local radio stations like 96.5 The Mill, WZID and WFEA will all be giving away gift certificates over the air to participating restaurants, which makes dining deals even sweeter.
“Try some places that you might not know about or a place that you haven’t gone and give it a try,” Beaudry said.
As seen in the April 3, 2014 issue of The Hippo.