Restaurant week is back in Philadelphia, featuring over seventy of Center City’s best restaurants.
From September 12th to 24th, patrons can enjoy a multiple-course, prefixed menu for a price of $40. Select locations will also be offering a lunch menu for $25.
However, the event may look a little different this year. Many restaurant owners have been coping with the effects of inflation in a post-pandemic world.
Assistant manager of Con Murphy’s Irish Pub, Chelsea Hartsough says that their usual vendors are charging more, and supply chain issues have caused delays in their orders. “We tried to hold off as long as we could, but we did, in the second quarter, end up raising our prices just a little bit.” said Hartsough.
Temple graduate and owner of La Fontana Della Citta, Arian Parllaku, says that despite the spike in operation costs, he is not raising prices. “We can’t increase our prices because if we do that, then we lose customers, if we lose customers, we lose the business.” said Parllaku.
Despite economic challenges, both owners agree that restaurant week is bringing in much-needed business. “It’s good to get those extra people in here at a time that otherwise maybe wouldn’t be a very crowded evening.” said Hartsough.
A new offering this year is the dinner and a show promotion where diners can have a nice meal at a restaurant, and then enjoy a show afterward at a discounted price. “We’re trying to capitalize on the things that attract people to Center City, arts and culture is a big one.” said Michelle Shannon, VP of marketing and communications for Center City District.
Participating venues include some of Philadelphia’s largest entertainment landmarks, such as the Kimmel Cultural Campus and the Wilma Theater.
Although restaurant week ends on Saturday, theatergoers can enjoy the dinner and a show discount promotion until December 31st.
For a full list of participating restaurants and venues, visit centercityphila.org.