Dining event sees increase

Organizers of the fifth annual San Diego Restaurant Week reported an 80 percent to 90 percent increase in sales throughout the weeklong January event compared with their normal weekly revenue.

They also had 180 restaurants participating, a 22 percent increase over the 2008 event, according to a news release.

According to a report in Nation’s Restaurant News, 48 percent of U.S. consumers are dining out less often now than they did six months ago, particularly cutting back at the higher-end restaurants. However, during San Diego Restaurant Week, restaurants across the county were booked, the release stated.

Restaurant Week provided diners with the opportunity to savor three-course, prix fix menus from some of the best restaurants in the county for $20, $30 or $40 per person.

San Diego Restaurant Week will return Sept. 13 to 18.


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