PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Downtown Restaurant Week begins September 12 and ends September 24.
“For nearly 20 years, Center City District Restaurant Week has given thousands of diners the opportunity to experience some of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants at a discount. From Monday, September 12 through Saturday, September 24, the tradition continues with more of 75 locations offering prix-fixe meals, including three-course dinners for $40 per person and select lunches for $25 per person,” the downtown district said in a statement.
But the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association tells Action News fewer restaurants are participating compared to previous years as food costs and the pandemic have made it difficult for businesses to afford discounted menus.
Shawn Nixon is the general manager of The Goat Rittenhouse near 18th and Sansom streets. The restaurant opened during the pandemic.
Nixon views Restaurant Week as a positive.
“It helps drive business, but it really targets people who may or may not come to town to eat out. They may go to one of the larger restaurants, and restaurant week is about smaller restaurants,” said said Nixon.
Bringing more people downtown is the goal.
Crime is on the rise, in fact, thefts have steadily increased in the city center by 20% over the past two years.
Office buildings are still not at full capacity, but the return of 8,000 Comcast employees to downtown offices this week could be a strong sign of employees returning.
Diners Action News said they were encouraged to see more diners in town.
“Living in the city now…I see a lot more people going out than before,” Center City’s Jorge Cintron said.
You can find a complete list of participating restaurants here.
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