Restaurant Week is here. See which of your local favorites are participating

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Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association’s annual Restaurant Week is still happening this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. (WYDaily/Courtesy Pexels)
Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association’s annual Restaurant Week is still happening this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. (WYDaily/Courtesy Pexels)

Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Week is currently in full swing.

The annual event, which started last Thursday, Jan. 21, encourages local foodies to share their experiences with WARA members with the chance of winning a prize.

Debi Schaefer, director of WARA, said they weren’t sure the event would happen this year with the pandemic still happening.

“Would we be seen as irresponsible if we promoted it during a pandemic?” Schaefer said.

At the same time, local businesses have also been suffering because of the pandemic. So WARA decided to go ahead with Restaurant Week.

This year, they promoted curbside pick-up and takeout options available among members.

Schaefer added last year, 45 members participated in Restaurant Week. This year, 37 restaurants are taking part. She said she would have been thrilled if just 20 decided to join this year.

“I’m pretty proud of our association,” she said. “Our members are like family.”

“They want to help each other and work with each other,” she added.

And don’t forget, food lovers also get something out of Restaurant Week, too.

Each day, 10 winners are awarded prizes, with the chance to win a chicken dinner. Two winners are selected each day to receive a $25 WARA gift certificate, and six people are chosen to receive a $5 gift card from one WARA member.

“We just want to hear the good things,” Schaefer said. “What’s your favorite restaurant meal or restaurant?”

Prizes will be available at Alewerks, LAB in Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Winners will be notified when prizes are available for pick up.

Restaurant Week is running now through Jan. 31.

To see the full list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, check out WARA’s website here.

To share a Restaurant Week experience, post on the WARA Facebook page or email Debi Schaefer at Director@WaraRest.com.

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