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First Ever Restaurant Week Kicks Off on Grand Street Next Week

Three course meals at half the regular price in cuisines as varied as El Salvadorian and Thai, and all one street.

That’s Grand Street’s first ever Restaurant Week for you.

Starting Monday, February 17th, Grand Street will play host to a Restaurant Week much like celebrations that take place each year throughout the City.

The festivities are being organized by the Grand Street Business Improvement District, and feature 14 participating restaurants along the strip between Bushwick and Union Avenues.

Participating restaurants will offer two course lunches for $10 and three course dinners for $25.

Spearheading the push to organize restaurant week was Artineh Havan, the executive director at the Grand Street BID. She said the group got the idea about restaurant week following the success of a similar event in Sunnyside, Queens.

“The East Williamsburg community is growing rapidly,” said Havan. “A lot of people in fact call Grand Street Restaurant row so it seemed natural to collaborate with the various restaurants and bars on the street. We really hope the event will bring an increase in foot traffic.”

A number of participating restaurants are neighborhood staples and look forward to the spike in business the event will bring.

“It’s good for the whole area not just for one restaurant,” said Lori Raymer, who has owned and run Lily Thai for the past nine years. “It really gives something to the public to look forward to. It brings people to restaurants they might not normally go to.”

For others the event will be a means of introducing their cuisines to the constantly growing number of new residents moving to the neighborhood.

For restaurant owners like Luis Palomo, who has run Bahia, an El Salvadorian restaurant for the past 14 years, more people indicates the opening of more business, and as a result more competition, which he says can only be good for the improving fortunes of all the business owners in the neighborhood.

“I don’t tend to see competition as a negative,” said Palomo. “We just keep doing what we do and more variety brings more people. We haven’t done this before, but I’m really hoping this attracts even more people to our restaurants.”

Grand Street Restaurant Week, Feb. 17-23, for detailed information on participating restaurants and menus checkout http://grandstbklyn.com/2014/02/02/grand-street-restaurant-week-february-17-23/.

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