(Schenectady, NY, August 9, 2021) – Restaurants in and around Downtown Schenectady will be in the culinary spotlight during a special summer edition of Schenectady Restaurant Week, taking place August 16-22, 2021. Throughout the week, participating restaurants will offer special fixed-price menus for $30, featuring a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Traditionally held in late winter, Schenectady Restaurant Week returns for the first time since March 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Schenectady Restaurant Week is a joint promotion of the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. (DSIC) and the Chamber of Schenectady County, which is an affiliate of the Capital Region Chamber.
Jim Salengo, Executive Director of the DSIC, said, “Schenectady Restaurant Week has always given a welcome boost of awareness and revenue to our local businesses. We wanted to make sure 2021 didn’t pass by without giving customers the chance to show their support during one of our most popular annual promotions.” He added, “By holding this special edition of Restaurant Week in summer, we are giving guests a bonus opportunity to experience some of the fantastic outdoor dining in Schenectady that they wouldn’t be able to try in winter.”
Mark Eagan, President and CEO of the Capital Region Chamber, said, “It is impossible to understate the impact the pandemic has had on our region’s business community, and restaurants have been hit especially hard. With that in mind, we are raising the fixed price for Restaurant Week this time from $25 to $30 to generate extra revenue for operations and to offset increased food prices.” He added, “We are confident that guests will welcome the opportunity to do a little more to support their favorite local businesses during this crucial time.”
Businesses participating in 2021 Schenectady Restaurant Week are:
Since its debut in 2006, Schenectady Restaurant Week has given participants a platform to demonstrate their culinary chops while welcoming new and returning customers for an enjoyable night out on the town in Schenectady.
Maria Papa, owner of More Perreca’s Italian Kitchen, said, “Schenectady Restaurant Week is our opportunity, as hospitality providers, to show off what we can do and offer our guests a wonderfully delicious experience.”
Menus from participating restaurants can be viewed at https://downtownschenectady.org/portfolio/schenectady-restaurant-week-2021/. Reservations are highly recommended and, in many cases, may be required.