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The Second Annual Quad Cities Restaurant week begins tomorrow and runs through next Sunday. Managers at local restaurants said it's helping to grow their businesses and helping the entire community as well.

"Huge pork chop, stuffed full of cinnamon, raisin, apple filling, it's really, really good," said President of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitor's Bureau Joe Taylor.

He said this week is all about having a good meal. 

"It's a feeling, it's a food, it's service that you really can't replicate anywhere else," said Taylor.

More than 30 area restaurants are participating in the Quad Cities Restaurant Week this year, offering specials like a 3 course meal for only $20 or $25 and two for one lunch deals. 

Taylor said it's about showing how important restaurants are to the area's economy and how they can create a lasting impression on visitors and travelers, creating more business and tourism in the QCA.
     
Bix Bistro said it saw a 20-30% percent increase in traffic last year, success that continued through the months. 

"You don't have to be in Restaurant Week and the reason we decide to is because we want to be apart of the community and make an impact," said Food & Beverage Manager at Hotel Blackhawk Derek Roorda.

Other restaurants reported 20% of their customers during restaurant week last year were coming in specifically for the deals.

"It gets people out instead of thinking about cooking in because it's a little chilly outside," said Roorda. "Getting them out there and getting them trying places they normally wouldn't go and for us that an important thing just to have people experience something different in their backyard."

Joe Taylor said restaurants are already down 15-20% this year, just from the harsh weather and a big winter sales slump, making this week's promotion an opportunity for many local businesses to bring in more hungry customers. 

You don't need to print a coupon to get the deals. Just tell your server you want the Restaurant Week special at participating locations. 

For a complete list of eateries taking part this year click here.

 

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