OSSINING, N.Y. For decades, March typically meant empty tables and slow business for dozens of Westchester restaurant owners like Ossinings Michael Casarella.
But Casarella, president of Ossinings Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant , the annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week has turned that around. With the seventh annual event running through March 31, residents and restaurant owners are both seeing perks. For residents, its the chance to eat lunch and dinner for special discount prices at participating restaurants throughout Westchester. For businesses, Casarella said the perks last year-round.
Before Restaurant Week, March was one of our worst months of the year for business, he said. With it, March is now our second-busiest month of the year. But its also helping bring in new customers and were noticing a steady increase in our annual sales as well.
The week is an added bonus for regulars too, Casarella said.
We have a strong core of customers who come in fairly often who show us support by coming out more than once during Restaurant Week, he said. Weve been able to build that through good service and good food. But Restaurant Week has oftentimes helped us get new people in the door to make our customer-base even bigger.
Ossining residents Christopher and Susan Elmes, both regulars at the Goldfish, said its an added perk to get out to their favorite restaurant.
We come here a lot and we love it, Susan Elmes said Friday. It changes up the menu a little bit and we get to enjoy some great food for prices we love. We absolutely love it.
Ossinings Okinawa Hibachi & Sushi is also participating in this years event while Bistro Rollin (Pelham), Le Jardin du Roi (Chappaqua), Rubys Oyster Bar & Bistro (Rye), Tarry Lodge (Port Chester), Trevi Ristorante (West Harrison), Moderne Barn (Armonk) and more line the Westchester County region.
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