RESTAURANT WEEK in Middlesbrough is doing its part to support businesses in the town.
The event, which will run from July 13 to July 19 this year, will be working with a number of restaurants in the area to bring attention to the range of dining options the town has to offer.
Lisa Williams, the organiser of Restaurant Week, believes it’s important to work with local businesses.
“The aim for Restaurant Week is to create a relationship with the restaurants and be able to support them and encourage them to grow through these type of initiatives.
“It’s free promotion for the restaurants, which will hopefully create more bums on seats.”
Lisa, who helped lead last year’s Restaurant week to success, is sure the event will attract people who wouldn’t usually visit Middlesbrough to dine.
She said: “Middlesbrough has an excellent and diverse range of restaurants so what better way to showcase them by putting on an initiative like this to celebrate what Middlesbrough has to offer and bring as many people into the town to experience this as possible.”
“The restaurant scene on Linthorpe Road has developed over the last couple of years which sees the area bustling.”
Local business owner, George Ooi, owner of Oodles Noodles on Linthorpe Road, participated in last year’s Restaurant Week.
He said: “I think it benefits the town as a whole.
“You get a better footfall into the main street of Middlesbrough and also it gets an awareness of what Middlesbrough can offer.”
Although he saw an increase in visitors last year, George is expecting bigger things this time round.
He added: “Obviously we would like to see a bit more because that was the inaugural year.
“Middlesbrough Council has been quite proactive in promoting it this year as well.”
Louise Atkinson, manager of Central Park, also on Linthorpe Road, agreed that this year should be busier for the event.
“This year we are hoping for a much increased take up and turnover for Restaurant Week as it will be better advertised, more established and will entice people in as it is in the summer.
“Last year was the first year and we noticed a small percentage increase on the takings over the whole week, but it did not impact us significantly on that first time.”
Louise was adamant that people should pay the family-run business a visit during Restaurant Week.
She said: “People should visit Central Park during Restaurant Week to try our fantastic Restaurant Week special menu in our always warm and welcoming atmosphere and surroundings.
“This year with it being in June it’s the perfect excuse to come along, enjoy some delicious food and drink and soak up the sun on our lovely Roof Terrace overlooking Albert Park.”
Listen to George Ooi discuss Restaurant Week in more detail below.