ONE WEEK AWAY: Downtown Dining Weeks to Deliver Once-a-Year Deals; 47 Restaurants to Serve Dinner and Lunch Deals
Monday, February 11, 2019
Syracuse, NY – The 15th annual serving of Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks returns one week from today with a record 47 participating locally-owned Downtown restaurants. Presented by Visions Federal Credit Union and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks starts President’s Day, Monday, February 18, and continues through Sunday, March 3.
Dinner: This year, 37 restaurants will serve three-course dinners for $30 or less. Five of the restaurants are new to Downtown Syracuse since last year’s edition of Downtown Dining Weeks: a Mano Kitchen & Bar, Citronelle, DeFi Cuisine Corp., The Hops Spot, Kasai Ramen and The PressRoom Pub; and, one restaurant, the Saltine Warrior, is new to the promotion.
Lunch: Building upon momentum generated with the debut of the lunch component last year, 28 Downtown Syracuse restaurants – up from 21 in 2018 - will serve three-course lunches for $10 or less. Of the participating lunch crowd, six restaurants are new to Downtown Syracuse since last year’s promotion: a Mano Kitchen & Bar, The Hops Spot, Kasai Ramen, Lil Twisted Food Fusion, The PressRoom Pub, and Water Street Bagel Co. Additionally, new this year, three popular lunch spots will join the fun: Glazed & Confused, and longtime Hanover Square lunch staples, Pronto Fresh and Today’s Special. *A list of all participating Downtown Dining Weeks restaurants is provided here.
The 2019 edition of Downtown Dining Weeks features almost three times as many restaurants as it did when the program started in 2005. Back then, 17 Downtown restaurants participated, and the promotion lasted only one week, instead of two. The program, designed to stir business during what typically tends to be a slower dining season, typically attracts as many as 50,000 diners from Onondaga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida and Oswego Counties.
“Downtown Dining Weeks offers unique opportunities to sample the high-quality, unique flavors of the locally-owned restaurants and variety of cuisines that Downtown Syracuse is known for,” said Merike Treier, Downtown Committee of Syracuse executive director. “It’s amazing to see how much the event has grown in 15 years. It seems like every year, neighbors start to ask us which restaurants are participating and when the menus will be posted earlier and earlier, solidifying Downtown Dining Weeks’ status as one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year.”
The Downtown Committee welcomes the support of Visions Federal Credit Union as its title sponsor of Downtown Dining Weeks for the third year in a row. With more than 199,000 members across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania – and more than 4,500 members in Onondaga County – Visions has two offices in the Syracuse area, serving neighbors in Syracuse and Cicero. Visions also has an ATM in Downtown Syracuse, located in the Redhouse Arts Center located at 400 South Salina Street.
“Visions is delighted to once again be the presenting sponsor of Downtown Dining Weeks,” said Timothy R. Strong, Community Development Manager for Visions Federal Credit Union. “To see the program grow to 47 participating restaurants offering lunch and/or dinner specials, is evidence of the dining revolution that is taking over Downtown. We’re proud to stand with our partners like the Downtown Committee and help support their initiatives.”
Sleep Over Package: Four Downtown Syracuse hotels will also continue their partnership, inviting guests to stay overnight at a discounted rate as part of the Downtown Dining Weeks Sleep Over Package. When they show their Dining Weeks receipt, guests who stay at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the Jefferson Clinton Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott at Armory Square and the Residence Inn by Marriott at Armory Square, will receive a $25 discount off their room rate between February 18 and March 3.
Food Bank of Central New York Partnership: For the second consecutive year, the Downtown Committee will partner with Food Bank of Central New York to help stock food pantries and feed the hungry in our community:
- Gift Envelopes: Throughout the duration of Downtown Dining Weeks, patrons will have opportunities to receive a gift envelope to mail with a donation to the Food Bank once they get home. Patrons are encouraged to ask their server for an envelope.
- Parking: In addition, thanks to support from Syracuse Parking Services, four downtown parking facilities will collect non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. In return for their donations, patrons will be able to park at the Atrium Garage (map), Clinton Street Garage (map), the surface lot at Fayette and Walton Streets (map) and the surface lot at Fayette and Clinton Streets (map) for just $5 beginning at 5pm every evening during Downtown Dining Weeks.
To put this into perspective, for every $1 donated, the Food Bank is able to provide three meals for an individual in need. A gift of $10 provides up to 30 meals for families in need. Every day, the Food Bank provides enough food for more than 33,200 meals in our community.
“We are delighted to be a part of Downtown Dining Weeks, which provides everyone with the chance to try one or more of the amazing local restaurants and experience what Syracuse has to offer,” said Kathleen Stress, Executive Director of the Food Bank. “While sharing the experience of good food, patrons may also share a meal by donating to the Food Bank of Central New York. The Food Bank invites everyone taking advantage of the great offerings to also help ensure that healthy, nutritious food is available to all in our community.”
The Downtown Committee encourages the community to join the Dining Weeks conversation by following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, sharing pictures using the hashtag, #DiningWeekSYR. Keeping with tradition, patrons are also encouraged to participate in a contest to win gift certificates to participating Downtown Dining Weeks restaurants.
Spot-the-Chef’s-Hat Promotion: Each restaurant will have at least one chef’s hat placed somewhere visible in the dining area(s). Diners are encouraged to spot the chef’s hat, take a picture of it, and email the picture – or a thorough description of its location- to firstname.lastname@example.org, explaining where and in what restaurant they saw it. All correct guesses will be entered into multiple drawings for gift cards/gift certificates. Winners will be notified through email.
Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks receives additional support from Eleven Waters and Shaughnessy’s Irish Pub, as well as Lemon Grass, Bistro Èlèphant Steakhouse, Pastabilities and Prime Steakhouse.
For more information about Downtown Dining Weeks, please visit http://DowntownSyracuse.com/DiningWeeks. Menus are posted here, and will be updated as restaurants continue to submit them.
About Visions Federal Credit Union
Visions Federal Credit Union is a nonprofit financial institution completely owned by its members. Visions serves more than 199,000 members with offices in communities throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Services include general banking as well as auto, home, personal, and business loans. Visit www.visionsfcu.org for more information.
About Food Bank of Central New York
Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. It is the primary food supplier for 280 emergency food assistance programs in eleven counties of New York State, distributing 14,574,911 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a member of Feeding America. Visit foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.