Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week returns after multiyear hiatus

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PITTSFIELD — There might be no better time to grab grub in downtown Pittsfield.

This weekend, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will revive a Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week tradition that had fallen off the menu for several years. Participating restaurants will offer deals, discounts and special items from Saturday through April 20.

About two dozen downtown eateries, all members of the Pittsfield nonprofit, will participate in the event, spearheaded by the Foot Traffic Committee at Downtown Pittsfield Inc.

"There really are some significant offerings," said Executive Director Cheryl Mirer, noting a $30 three-course prix fixe menu at The Lantern.

It features items like a cheddar burger with tomato jam, ham and pea croquettes and a grilled Idaho trout with white beans, shaved cabbage, apples and horseradish.

Methuselah Bar and Lounge and Trattoria Rustica will be offering meals for 20 percent off.

Others, like Rainbow Restaurant, Flavours of Malaysia and The Highland, are offering free appetizers or desserts with an entree purchase.

J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille will be serving up $25 meals for two, which include an appetizer, two entrees from a select menu and a dessert.

And on the lunch side, Dottie's Coffee Lounge will offer any two lunch items, two coffee beverages of your choosing and two baked goods for $25.

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A full list of the deals, discounts and specials is available at downtownpittsfield.com.

Many new restaurants have come aboard since the previous Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week, Mirer said, so committee members were eager to draw new feet through downtown doors.

"They were all very into it," she said.

Rebecca Brien, director of sales and marketing for Hilton Garden Inn, helped organize the event as part of the organization's Foot Traffic Committee. Brien said most restaurant weeks elsewhere offer a more standardized set of deals and specials, but organizers decided to give Pittsfield shops more flexibility to determine their own restaurant week menus.

The event also kicks off Saturday — aka 4-1-3 day — as a nod to Western Massachusetts pride.

From Philly cheesesteaks to high-end dining, Brien said she hopes the event shows off downtown Pittsfield's diverse offerings.

"At this time of the year, the snow is gone; we don't see as many skiers coming into town " she said, "and we think it's important to highlight all of the things that might be available to you downtown."

For her part, Brien said she'll also be partaking.

"I'm going to be visiting a number of these places I haven't been to before," she said.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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