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Organizers say Schenectady Restaurant Week growing steadily

Organizers say Schenectady Restaurant Week growing steadily

Annual promotion yields highest economic impact since it started in 2006
Organizers say Schenectady Restaurant Week growing steadily
Zen Bistro, located on State Street in downtown Schenectady, was among the businesses that participated in Restaurant Week 2019.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

SCHENECTADY — The results are in for Schenectady Restaurant Week, and all indicators are pointing towards steady growth in the promotion designed to offer a jolt to local restaurants. 

The number of overall meals served throughout the promotion saw a 10.7 percent increase over last year, according to the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) and the Chamber of Schenectady County.

The 14th Annual Schenectady Restaurant Week, which ran from March 4 to 10, had an economic impact of approximately $516,000, representing an 11.4 percent increase over 2018 and the largest amount since the promotion began in 2006.

“We are so very pleased that this promotion continues to provide a significant economic boost to restaurants during a normally slow time of the year,” said Chamber President and CEO Mark Eagan in a news release. 

Organizers crunched the results from data gathered from participating restaurants and customer surveys.

The average amount spent per person before tax and tip this year was $33.64, a 34.6 percent increase over the $25 promotional price and represents a slight increase in average spending per person over 2018, said Eagan.

An estimated 15,341 meals were served at 23 participating restaurants throughout the promotion.

Survey cards indicated that 33 percent of guests were from outside of Schenectady County, 36 percent were trying a restaurant for the first time and 55 percent would not have chosen to eat out if it weren’t for the promotion.

“These numbers show that Schenectady Restaurant Week continues to generate new interest and participation in Schenectady’s burgeoning dining scene,” said DSIC Executive Director Jim Salengo in a statement.

Winners of Schenectady Ale Trail prize packages from Discover Schenectady were Karen & Paul Ottati of Halfmoon, who filled out their card at More Perreca’s in Schenectady and Doug Williams of Schenectady, who entered at Armondo’s Villa Tuscan Grill in Rotterdam.

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