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Lexington Restaurant Week returns for 2014

Dozens more locally-owned restaurants participate this summer offering a cross-cultural cuisine scene of special menus for $25.

June 11, 2014 - Lexington’s culinary event of the year is back for a bigger, better and altogether more downright decadent 10 days. Last summer 42 restaurants participated in the first annual Lexington Restaurant Week with an estimated economic impact of 2.4 million. This year 65 local restaurants are onboard for the celebration that runs over two weekends from July 24 – August 2.

Buzz-worthy newcomers and old favorites will strut their stuff for a fraction of the typical tab. Multi-course $25 prix fixe dinners at uptown hotspots combine with two dine for $25 at our more causal favorites. Sixty-five very diverse restaurants from downhome to highfalutin’ are serving up a real value encouraging locals and visitors alike to venture out and patronize our bevy innovative restaurants here in the Bluegrass.

“Lexington is lucky to have more than its share of talented chefs and enterprising restaurateurs – our restaurant index is close to double that of most cities our size,” sited Connie Jo Miller of Group CJ, the marketing firm that orchestrates Lexington Restaurant Week. “This collection of culinary hot spots does more than expand our palate, they are a huge asset to our quality of life and our brand image here in the Bluegrass. They contribute to tourism and help bring new businesses to our region. It is important we recognize and appreciate these hard working people that enliven our community.”

This second annual event is offered at no fee to our locally-owned restaurants much thanks to lead sponsor Branch Bank and Trust (BB&T) and the generous support of WKYT- TV, Quantrell Cadillac, Group CJ, The Lexington Herald Leader, Southern Wine and Spirits and Makers Mark.
Jane Conner of Makers Mark thinks the most famous of local Bourbons makes a great companion for the event.

“The world knows Kentucky for bourbon and events like this will let the world know us for our culinary sophistication and our great restaurant scene here in the Bluegrass. This event mixes perfectly with Makers Mark, we are thrilled to be an official sponsor and look forward to its continued growth.”
Heath Campbell, Regional President of Branch Bank &Trust sees Restaurant Week as an event with big potential to grow into a Bluegrass brand builder and an economic engine attracting tourism. Campbell notes; “Our vibrant restaurant scene enhances the regions allure for new businesses that bring new jobs to our community, this event is an excellent way to highlight some of the things that make living in the Bluegrass like no other place in the world.”
Debbie Long of Dudley’s says the promotion was the best concept she’s seen to bring the restaurants together and promote the city’s exciting restaurant talent. Long commented, “I was blown away last year. The event brought a lot of new people to Dudley’s and downtown, they looked at our regular menu and commented I can afford this – they learned it is easy to park downtown. People came in during Restaurant Week that may have never otherwise and they’ve been back.”

A comprehensive online dining guide with menus and reviews of over 100 locally owned restaurants, along with participants in Restaurant Week can be found on www.LexRestaurants.com.

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