After a more than two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lancaster City Restaurant Week starts today.
Forty-four restaurants, including 12 new establishments, are participating in the in-person event April 17 through April 23.
The restaurant week committee held an invitation only event at 401 Prine, 401 N. Prince St., to kick off Restaurant Week’s return. Eight restaurants offered specialty dishes that will be available during the week.
Chris Trendler, president of restaurant week and general manager and partner of Decades, 438 N. Queen St., said the event will hopefully draw crowds to downtown Lancaster to reinvigorate business, which has seen issues with staffing and food supply issues since the pandemic hit.
Lancaster City restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Asian, Irish, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Nepalese and Middle Eastern, Trendler said.
This year, instead of offering fixed-price menus as was the practice in the past, Trendler said restaurants will offer what they feel will best draw customers.
In addition to the established eateries, the newcomers include 401 Prime, A La Board & Vine, Amanitas Café, Dough Heads Waffles, Layali Al Sham, Proof of Lancaster, Savory Truffle, SpiceKings Kitchen, The Bread Pedaler, The Urban Farmhouse and Wish You Well Bakery.