The Sarasota-Manatee Originals Conclude a Successful First Annual “Dine to the Nines” Restaurant Week
45 local and independently owned restaurants featured unique Prix Fixe menus during the first annual Sarasota-Manatee Originals Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week.
Sarasota, Florida ~ From October 3, 2016 to October 9, 2016 The Sarasota-Manatee Originals hosted the first annual Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week. Restaurants from Anna Maria Island to South Venice came together to create a community wide Restaurant Week, featuring only members of The Originals – all locally owned restaurants. Restaurant Week was a way for likeminded local entrepreneurs to work together and offer specially priced menus to their guests.
Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week featured a vast selection of participating establishments, everything from fast casual to fine dining. Many customers took advantage of the many restaurants by visiting numerous favorites throughout the week.
The Originals asked restaurants to provide any feedback they received while participating in Restaurant Week. The member restaurants all reported an increase in sales and traffic during the week in comparison to the same dates in 2015. One local restaurant reported that 287 orders for the special menu were placed during the week. Another noted a 12.43% increase in business from the same week in 2015.
Restaurant Week customers wrote that they were “pleasantly surprised by the great wine pairing options that many restaurants offered.” Another patron said “the level of service and quality of our entrée far exceeded our expectations.” Many participants said they can’t wait to see what the restaurants will offer for the 2017 Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week.
The 2nd Annual Originals Restaurant Week will take place from October 2 – 15, 2017. The Originals Executive Director, Kate Atkin, says “the First Annual Restaurant Week was such a success we wanted to offer the community plenty of time to experience the amazing array of restaurants that make up the Sarasota-Manatee Originals so in 2017 Restaurant Week will last for two weeks.”
Visit www.eatlikealocal.com to view all the unique menus offered from the 45 participating restaurants.
About the Sarasota-Manatee Originals
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community. With nearly 60 restaurants the group has become the go-to resource for an “Eat Like a Local” experience. For more information, call 941-365-2800 or visit www.dineoriginal.com.