For generations, our local neighborhood restaurants have been the keepers and guardians of Western New York's unique food culture. They've also help set the table for our region's current renaissance and revival. Support our vibrant independent restaurant scene by coming out during Western New York’s Local Restaurant Week–April 1 through April 7–and choose from over 200 locally owned and operated eateries that make the area a foodie paradise.
Get a great meal for a great deal during this twice-annual event featuring dishes priced at $20.19, $30.19 and/or $40.19. The perfect excuse to get out of your rut and try something new, Local Restaurant Week will help you expand your dining options–and your palate. Head downtown or see what’s cooking in the suburbs.
“It gives people the chance to really plan a night out and eat at fine dining establishments that they might not normally patronize,” said Roycroft Inn Manager Dan Garvey, one of the original founders of the event. “You can have a great date night out with a bottle of wine with us for as little as $60.
“Local Restaurant Week is part of the hospitality fabric of our community,” added Garvey. “I’m really proud of everyone who has stepped up and taken part.”
Bill Panzika, owner of The Chocolate Bar, has been participating in the event since its inception and credits it with changing the direction of their entire menu. “We went outside our wheelhouse to offer a special during the first Local Restaurant Week and now our menu has gone from soups, salads and sandwiches to one that’s 17 to 18 pages long.”
Said Panzika of the Monday-Sunday marathon, “It’s a lot of hard work, but it builds a lot of community within the restaurant staff and our vendors.”
One of the largest such promotions in the country, WNY’s Local Restaurant Week ranks behind only NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and D.C. in size–which speaks volumes for the food scene of our relatively small market. And it’s the only concept of its kind to shine a light on Mom and Pop restaurants. Bringing in an estimated $8 million annually, you can feel good knowing profits from every dollar spent stay in WNY and help make our community stronger.
“We’re not sending the money to chain restaurants in California,” said Garvey, adding, “And these restaurants employ our neighbors and our kids.”
So “break the chain” and give local, independent restaurants a try. Click here to see the complete list of participating restaurants.