CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With the recent water contamination crisis winding down, eight local restaurants are hoping to fill seats more than ever to make up for the tremendous amount of business lost during the disaster. Some of Charleston's finest restaurants will be featured during the city's first annual Restaurant Week from Jan. 27 through Feb. 1.Bluegrass Kitchen, Bridge Road Bistro, Ichiban, Noah's Eclectic Bistro, Paterno's at the Park, Soho's Capitol Market, South Hills Market and Café, and Vandalia Grille will offer special three-course menus for $30 during the event. "Restaurant Week" began in New York City as a promotional event in 1992. Now, it occurs in cities across the globe. Thanks to Dickinson Gould, president of Buzz Food Service, it is coming to Charleston.Gould is a third-generation owner of the business. He has served as president of the company since 2005. He studied business at George Washington University and spent five years working for a corporate think-tank in Washington, D.C. before moving home to join the family business. He enjoyed Restaurant Week in D.C. and thought it was time someone introduced it to Charleston.The event will provide diners an opportunity to try fine restaurants at a reduced price. Each participating restaurant will offer a special three-course dinner -- a starter, an entrée and a dessert -- for $30, a fraction of the usual prices.
The special prices do not include drinks, taxes and gratuity. However, tea and water will be offered at no additional charge and many restaurants will have drink specials. The regular menu will still be offered at regular menu prices.Gould explained that it is a great time for diners to experience places they've been meaning to try but have hesitated to because they thought it might be out of their price range. He expects that many will like the opportunity to try the finer restaurants with the security of knowing exactly what they will be spending.Reservations are suggested because in other cities that have sponsored restaurant weeks, tables go quickly. To make a reservation, diners should contact the restaurant directly:- Bluegrass Kitchen, 304-346-2871- Bridge Road Bistro, 304-720-3500- Ichiban, 304-720-7874- Noah's Eclectic Bistro, 304-343-6558- Paterno's at the Park, 304-205-5482- Soho's Capitol Market, 304-720-7646- South Hills Market and Café, 304-345-2585- Vandalia Grille, 304-343-4110.
If you have to cancel your reservation, do so with as much notice as possible so restaurants have the opportunity to rebook the table. If you find you're going to be late for your reservation, call and let the restaurant know. On a normal night, a restaurant will hold a table for 10 to 15 minutes past reservation time. During Restaurant Week, with a long wait list, they might not be able to, especially if they don't know you're on your way.Reach Judy E. Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1230.