CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - About 200 restaurants across the state are participating in South Carolina Restaurant Week, although it might more correctly be called the South Carolina Restaurant 11 Days.
The event begins Thursday and runs through Jan. 22 with restaurants from the mountains to the coast offering specials for diners.
Charleston Restaurant Week, executed by the Charleston Restaurant Association (CRA), is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area.
It is an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price. With the success of the pricing structure during September's Restaurant Week, the CRA decided to continue to offer three pricing categories: Three items for $20, $30 or $40. Tiered pricing categories allow participating restaurants more flexibility with their menus.
All restaurants who participated in the September installment will participate in January's Restaurant Week plus new restaurants will be joining up to the start of the event.
The promotion was created by the restaurant industry to boost business during what has traditionally been one of the slowest times of the year for eating establishments.
The event is promoted by the South Carolina Hospitality Association in partnership with local chapters and business partners.
Tourism is one of the biggest industries in South Carolina and means about $14 billion to the state's economy.