Savannah's Restaurant Week officially begins

Savannah's Restaurant Week officially begins

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's an opportunity to get out and try a new restaurant in the city that you've been eyeing but haven't had the chance to check it out.

Savannah Restaurant Week officially kicked off Friday!

For only $30, you can try close to 20 different restaurants in the city and it runs through Feb. 7th.

For some of these restaurants, $30 would only cover an entree by itself. That $30 covers a three course meal with appetizer, entree and dessert.

Molly Swagler, vice president of the Tourism Leadership Council, says this week brings a huge economic boom to the city during a slow time for tourism, as it's an off season. She adds each restaurant has its own price fixed menu.

"It's up to the restaurant to decide what kind of menu they want to put forth. And they come up with an idea of how to get together a good menu that represents what they do so they can showcase what they do best," said Swagler.

WTOC stopped by B Matthews as well as The Ruth Chris Steak House, and they were both super busy prepping for this week.

From phone calls and reservations to prep in the kitchen, the Ruth Chris Steak House is ready for customers to enjoy their priced fixed menu for Savannah Restaurant Week.

Tony Creed, general manager for Ruth Chris, says this is truly a great experience.

"It gets pretty busy. Restaurant week by far is the busiest 20 days of the year counting the summer week," said Creed.

So if you're in the mood for a date night, or just a really great dinner, come out and check the restaurants. Sit down and look at their price fixed menu that comes with an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

"There's steak on the menu, salmon, chicken just all kind of good stuff," said Creed.

Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah, says it's a way for locals to enjoy great food and it brings an economic boom.

"Years ago, our tourism season typically started around Saint Patrick's Day, but now with activities like this going on we have more and more visitors coming into town earlier in the year and that's good because it creates economic spending. It keeps people working," said Marinelli.

WTOC also stopped by B Matthews, where they are offering a mostly gluten-free menu. Their general manager, Aaron Cradduck, says it's a great way for their chefs to show off their creativity.

"Being that is at an affordable price point, it gives people a chance to get out and try new restaurants so it brings in business during that kind of slow period. Also it teases to what you can expect during the summer and busy months," said Cradduck.

There are no tickets for this event and reservations are recommended as restaurants fill up very quickly during this busy time.

If you're busy this coming week and can't make it out, there will be another Savannah Restaurant Week in the summer.

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