Charleston Restaurant Week benefits customers and restaurants

Charleston Restaurant Week wraps up
Published: Sep. 16, 2013 at 1:34 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Lines were out the door and dining rooms packed as many ventured out somewhere new for Charleston Restaurant Week.

Prepping hours before dinner time, the staff at Slightly North of Board on East Bay Street expected a big crowd. Sunday was the last day of Charleston Restaurant Week.

Manager Jason Bearden said, "It brings out a lot of locals. It also encourages a lot of people who perhaps haven't dined with us before but were looking for the opportunity."

As their dining room went from empty to full, a lot of hungry customers tried the special deal of the night.

"We offer 3 for 30," said Bearden.

Three menu choices for $30, a deal both customers and restaurants can benefit from.

"It brings out more guests; it gives us the opportunity to be exposed to more people particularly locals. I believe one of the most important items is that it's a good value," said Bearden.

With more than 100 restaurants participating, the event is done twice a year and organized by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association. Each of the restaurants offers a special deal over the course of the week and a half long event.

Melanie Richards said, "I've been to three different places for restaurant week. What I did is I picked one 3 for 40, one 3 for 30 and one 3 for 20."

Customers like Richards took advantage of the specials offered by top rated restaurants.

"I would probably never just go into Halls Chophouse on my own and sit down and order a filet mignon but I got to do that for restaurant week because I was able to afford it," said Richards.

Restaurants try to offer a variety of choices during the 12 day event hoping to see you again.

Bearden said, "It's a lasting impact throughout the year. Then they come back at times other than restaurant week."

The next restaurant week will take place at the beginning of the New Year.

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