As a whole, restaurant week from a consumer’s point of view, is a great deal and a fun way to spice up the week day grind. That being said, the issue isn’t so cut and dry from the restaurateur’s side of the table. It can become quite the dilemma. Like anything, restaurant week has its pros and cons. Some pros are you gain is a huge amount of free advertising just for signing up, from both local news and online social media. You also receive an infusion of business for the 7-14 days the deal is offered. Seems great right? What could be so bad about it? The biggest drawback to restaurant weeks is the catch 22 restaurant owners find themselves in. Typically, because of the slashed and fixed prices, restaurants lose money when serving high quality food to people who are unlikely to return and pay the full price for the full dining experience. The alternative is to cut quality to save money and hopefully turn a profit; the problem with this being it could lead to poor reviews and might even offend and discourage regular customers from returning. While this is not always the case, it is for many high end restaurants trying to connect to the public.
If Harrisburg is just a little too far of a drive for dinner, you are in luck! Lancaster City is also embarking on their 4th restaurant week beginning on Monday September 19. The prices are similar to Harrisburg’s but they do include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, Lancaster is boasting a lineup of 34 restaurants this year, almost double Harrisburg! So if you’re looking for plans next week look no further than Lancaster for dinner.
What are your thoughts on this summers end tradition? Do you relish in the environment of bustling streets mixed with a late summer breeze while strolling down on restaurant row? Or do you prefer experimenting with culinary trends on your own, taking in a full menu and a more authentic dining experience? I think at the very least it’s worth it to go out and experience one of these events as there is nothing else like it and it is fun way to celebrate what your city has to offer in the ways of culinary excellence. See you there!