Clear your dinner plans, because Harrisburg’s annual restaurant week is back and bigger than ever.
A total of 18 restaurants are participating in the eighth annual Harrisburg Restaurant Week, which spans two weeks, from September 14-18 and 21-25. The bevy of restaurants is the largest ever for restaurant week, which is organized by the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District.
This year’s food extravaganza features a new price point, which makes sampling menus from more restaurants much easier. Previously, diners’ only option was three courses for $30 per person. This time around, some restaurants will offer a special where two people can dine for $40 – and they’ll receive a shared appetizer, two entrees and a shared dessert.
Those visiting downtown Harrisburg for Restaurant Week will be excited to know that free parking is available in the River Street Parking Garage on Second Street from 5-9 p.m. during the event.
The free parking and the new price point make the week great, but what makes it even better? Six restaurants – The Millworks, Rubicon, Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar, Dodge City Steakhouse, note. Bistro and Wine Bar and Pastorante – join the dozen restaurants
that participated in last year’s event.
McGrath’s Pub has participated since the first restaurant week eight years ago, but owner Tom Scott still knows the value of bringing folks in during the event.
“Restaurant Week sets the table for future visits,” Scott explains. “We’ve seen
the effect of customers that come in to try us out, and they’re back again at a later date. Restaurant Week encourages that.”
The backbone to Harrisburg Restaurant Week is Leigh Ann Urban, director of marketing and special events for the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District. Urban and the nonprofit organization have been running the event since its inception in 2008, when only eight restaurants participated.
“Back then, it was a downtown dining event, and that was it,” Urban says. “But as word got out, more and more restaurants wanted to be involved, and we’ve branched out.
“We want to promote Harrisburg, but not just to Harrisburg,” Urban says. “We know people will travel for good food; that we’re really not that far away from Lancaster and York. We’re ready and excited to show off some of Harrisburg’s best.”
Harrisburg Restaurant Week takes place from September 14-18 and September 21-25. Visit harrisburgrestaurantweek.com to see the complete list of participating restaurants, sneak a peek at the menus and meet some of the chefs.