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Dining Out Is In! Staunton Posts Big Gains with Restaurant Week

Staunton’s inaugural Restaurant Week featured 10 Staunton establishments and thousands of hungry diners looking for a good deal. Modeled on similar events in Charlottesville and other larger cities, Restaurant Week offered seven days of good food and good fun.  During the week, diners ordered off special three-course, prix-fixe menus. It’s too early to know the … Continue reading Dining Out Is In! Staunton Posts Big Gains with Restaurant Week

Staunton’s inaugural Restaurant Week featured 10 Staunton establishments and thousands of hungry diners looking for a good deal.

Modeled on similar events in Charlottesville and other larger cities, Restaurant Week offered seven days of good food and good fun.  During the week, diners ordered off special three-course, prix-fixe menus.

It’s too early to know the full economic impact of Restaurant Week, but all signs point to a big success. 2,066 prix-fixe dinners were sold over seven days.

“Restaurant Week 2011 went very well,” Wagner says. “It got people thinking about choosing Staunton as a dining destination. It raised the city’s visibility, especially among people in other communities who might not normally have us on their radar screen for eating out.”

Economic impact numbers are still being crunched, but preliminary sales reports show a spike in restaurant revenue during the week of March 21-27.  Jeff Ramsey of the Bistro reports that his restaurant was up 36.24% in sales during the week compared to the same time last year.

Local residents and those of surrounding towns took advantage of the prix-fixe deals, reportedly driving to Staunton from well outside the immediate area, including Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Northern Virginia. “Culinary tourism is a huge, huge deal,” says Sheryl Wagner, Director of Tourism. “Higher traffic in restaurants means higher traffic in other downtown establishments – including hotels, retail stores and theaters. It’s a boost for the local economy.”

A poll of the restaurateurs who attended the wrap-up meeting indicated that overall, they were both surprised by the turnout and pleased by the opportunity to attract new customers to Staunton.

Zynodoa opened up all seven days of the week, and was booked solid every night. “We saw a high percentage of new customers, including many people who came from Charlottesville and Richmond, and we regarded it as an excellent opportunity to showcase what we do best,” says Jeff Goode of Zynodoa. “Sales were very strong all week long.”

“We were a little skeptical at first that Restaurant Week would succeed, but business was great – we were up the whole week and we’ll definitely participate again,” says Ian Boden of Staunton Grocery.

Chris Signore of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel said, “Restaurant Week gave us a lot of exposure – especially to people who didn’t even know we had a restaurant.”

It’s all part of a long term strategy to put Staunton on the map for foodies. Visitors tend to associate Staunton with history, architecture, and the arts.  But in recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in the city’s culinary offerings.

“Restaurant Week gives Staunton the opportunity to showcase its recent successes, such as being singled out as ‘one of the country’s best-kept foodie secrets’ in the March issue of Baltimore Magazine and as “a foodie dream town” in this month’s Southern Living, says Wagner.

Asked about what the organizers learned from their first Restaurant Week, Wagner says, “the promotion was a big success, but it was put together fairly quickly.  Next year, we’ll promote it well in advance and target Richmond and Northern Virginia audiences.”

Participating Restaurants included:
·      Baja Bean Company
·      Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery
·      Byers Street Bistro
·      Emilio’s Italian Restaurant
·      Mockingbird Artisan Fare & Roots Music
·      Mill Street Grill
·      Sorrel’s Dining at the Stonewall Jackson
·      Staunton Grocery
·      Taste of India
·      Zynodoa

The Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Staunton Downtown Development Association sponsored Staunton Restaurant Week.

Staunton Restaurant Week

Eat, Drink, & Be Thrifty. Staunton Restaurant Week, March 21-27. Mark your calendars to make the rounds at participating restaurants during Staunton’s first ever RESTAURANT WEEK.  Dedicated website is StauntonYum.com.  Prix Fixe menu…enjoy appetizer, entrée & dessert for $15-$20-$25, with $1 of each meal going to The Valley Mission.   PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: Baja Bean Company … Continue reading Staunton Restaurant Week

Eat, Drink, & Be Thrifty. Staunton Restaurant Week, March 21-27. Mark your calendars to make the rounds at participating restaurants during Staunton’s first ever RESTAURANT WEEK.  Dedicated website is StauntonYum.com.  Prix Fixe menu…enjoy appetizer, entrée & dessert for $15-$20-$25, with $1 of each meal going to The Valley Mission.

 

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS:

Baja Bean Company

Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery

Byers Street Bistro

Emilio’s Italian Restaurant

Mockingbird Artisan Fare & Roots Music

Mill Street Grill

Sorrel’s Dining at the Stonewall Jackson

Staunton Grocery

Taste of India

Zynodoa

All That Jazz!!

Shenandoah Concerts and ShenanArts present An Evening of Jazz. Spend a winter night relaxing with the smooth sounds of jazz! The S.P.L.A.A.A.T. Quintet ensemble will open an unforgettable evening. Chaise Lounge completes the evening–a combination of five of the Washington area’s top jazz musicians playing sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes and featuring the … Continue reading All That Jazz!!

Shenandoah Concerts and ShenanArts present An Evening of Jazz. Spend a winter night relaxing with the smooth sounds of jazz! The S.P.L.A.A.A.T. Quintet ensemble will open an unforgettable evening. Chaise Lounge completes the evening–a combination of five of the Washington area’s top jazz musicians playing sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes and featuring the soft, luminous vocals of Marilyn Older. Chef Drew Buzik, who has been cooking professionally for over 20 years, will present a tasting of hors d’oeuvres — included in your ticket price of $25/person.

WHAT:   An Evening of Jazz

WHEN:   Saturday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  nTelos Theater

300 Churchville Ave.
Staunton, VA

 

 

Local gift buying

Experience Staunton Why not give a gift of experiencing Staunton this holiday season?  Tickets to a show – Blackfriars Playhouse is the only recreation in the world of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre and offers performances throughout the year.  This isn’t your grandmother’s Shakespeare, so be prepared for what the Washington Post calls, “Shamelessly Entertaining!”  Mockingbird Roots … Continue reading Local gift buying

Experience Staunton

Why not give a gift of experiencing Staunton this holiday season?  Blackfriars Playhouse

Tickets to a show – Blackfriars Playhouse is the only recreation in the world of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre and offers performances throughout the year.  This isn’t your grandmother’s Shakespeare, so be prepared for what the Washington Post calls, “Shamelessly Entertaining!”  Mockingbird Roots Music Hall features roots music in an intimate, comfortable “listening room.”  Local and nationally renowned musicians perform a wide array of acoustic music – from blues to bluegrass, folk to old time, Celtic to Cajun, or alternative country to mountain music.   See a movie at one of Staunton’s independent movie houses Visulite Cinema or Dixie Theater.

A gift for the history buff on your list may include tickets for a tour of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum or the  Frontier Culture Museum or a guided tour by Staunton Guided Tours.

 

For that artistic friend or family member, get them certificates for a glassblowing workshop or “Blow Your Own Ornament” session at Sunspots Glassblowing Studios, maybe even an art instruction class at Beverley Street Studio School in downtown Staunton.

So, give a Staunton gift this year. Whether it’s learning to paint or a musical performance at Mockingbird, your gift recipient will certainly come away with a great experience.  Happy Holidays from the Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau!