More than 30 area restaurants are participating in the 2nd annual Quad Cities Restaurant Week, offering special deals to help bring more customers through their doors.
Restaurant Week begins Monday and runs through next Sunday. Diners can get a three course dinner for $20 or $25, and two-for-one lunch specials.
Restaurants say the promotion, organized by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, helps grow their businesses.
Participating restaurants reported 20 percent of their customers during Restaurant Week last year were coming in specifically for the deals.
Bix Bistro says it saw a 20 to 30 percent increase in traffic that week, which continued throughout the year.
That's the whole point.
Organizers of the promotion say it's about showing how important restaurants are to the area's economy, and how they can create a lasting impression on visitors and travelers, creating more business and tourism in the QCA.
"It's a feeling, it's a food, it's service that you really can't replicate anywhere else," said Joe Taylor, President of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"It gets people out instead of thinking about cooking in because it's a little chilly outside. Getting them out there and getting them trying places they normally wouldn't go and for us that an important thing just to have people experience something different in their backyard," said Derek Roorda, Food and Beverage Manager at Hotel Blackhawk.
Joe Taylor says restaurants' business is already down 15 to 20 percent this year because of the harsh winter weather creating a sales slump.
So, a business boost from this week's promotion will be more than welcome.
During Restaurant Week you don't need to print a coupon or ticket to get the deals. Just tell your server you want the Restaurant Week special at participating locations.