Restaurant Week in Worcester, Mass. a great deal

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March 20, 2012, 6:53 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Doucet, Worcester, Mass.) - The lunch crowd at the Flying Rhino took it outside Tuesday.

The restaurant opened their patio earlier than normal this year.

The warm weather is coinciding with Worcester's Restaurant Week.

Owner Paul Barber says that, during Restaurant Week, he's able to show new customers what he offers.

“We change our menu every six months, so we're able to start talking about things that are happening in our restaurants that might get them to come back a second or third time,” he says.

For the next two weeks, 50 local restaurants will be offering a three course meal for $23.12.

Event organizer Paul Giorgio says the event is held twice a year.
“It's a great way to get people in seats to market their restaurants and people get to try restaurants they haven't tried before,” producer Giorgio says.

Kieran Hennessy, manager of O'Connors, says he sees lots of new faces during Restaurant Week.

Hennesy says he thinks the weather will lead to bigger crowds this year.

“With the weather the way it is today and for the rest of the week, it will definitely bring them out; people are going to be out doing their gardening and mowing their lawns and they're going to get hungry,” he says.

Kevin Zona, owner of La Scala restaurant, has participated for the past two year and says Restaurant Week is a great deal for a three-course meal.

“You're getting a desert, you're getting an entrée and appetizer and you also get to see different restaurants and it doesn't break the wallet or break the bank,” Zona says.

Organizers pushed this year's Restaurant Week into March hoping this year would be better than last.

“Last year, we did it in February and there was no parking on the street because last year was so snowy,” says Barber. “So we said let's do it in March and who knew it was going to be 80 degrees in March.”

Tags: Worcester, Restaurant Week, Kristen Doucet, massachuetts, kieran hennessy, o'connors, paul giorgio, paul barber, flying rhino, la scala, kevin zona
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