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Downtown Raleigh Alliances Launches New Website for the Return of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week

Week-long dining extravaganza sizzles with special offerings to drive patrons to downtown Raleigh

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RALEIGH, NC  — Foodies rejoice with the return of Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, a Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) merchant program, scheduled for Monday, August 19-Sunday, August 25, 2013. To celebrate the event’s fifth year, the DRA launched a brand new website, DineDowntownRaleigh.com, to better showcase the popular event.  Each year, Restaurant Week invites patrons to renew their inner foodie and take advantage of the special offerings at participating downtown Raleigh restaurants during their normal dinner hours.

Participating dining establishments will offer tantalizing, three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30 per person, depending on the venue (tax, tip, and beverages not included). Select venues will offer a three-course beer or wine pairings for an additional $10 per person. Several venues will offer a $15 appetizer sampler featuring three appetizers with a selection of at least four options.  Although no tickets are required, reservations are strongly recommended (when applicable).

In addition to showcasing downtown Raleigh’s great dining options, Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week will spur both locals and out of town diners to revisit old favorites and, best of all, try new places. Downtown Raleigh restaurateurs praise the program as a great opportunity to increase customer loyalty through creative menu offerings and to stimulate growth during a season lull.
“Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week gives us the opportunity to reach new patrons and celebrate the brilliant chefs and restaurants in our community,” said Niall Hanley, Bia Restaurant owner. “It’s always a busy week for us, and we look forward to it every year.”

To increase awareness, the DRA launched the new Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week website, DineDowntownRaleigh.com, with a sleek look and added functionality. Designed with the diner in mind, user-friendly features include: ease of navigation for visitors to find pertinent information in a quick and simple process; social media engagement to deliver real-time updates to the community via Twitter as well as instant access to Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook; menus posted as they are received; online reservation links powered by OpenTable.com (when applicable); and an interactive map to plan your restaurant route, parking, and means of transportation.

Special thanks to Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week Sponsors— Gold Sponsors:  Pepsi, US Foods; Silver Sponsors: Curtis Media Group, Triangle Downtowner Magazine; Supporting Sponsors: FreshPoint, The Independent Weekly, Live Work Play, News 14 Carolina, News & Observer, OpenTable.com, Triangle Blvd, triangle.com, United Restaurant Equipment Company, and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.org.

About Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week:
Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week is a week-long merchant program produced by the DRA with a primary goal to create a critical mass of diners in downtown and drive business to the restaurants during a time of year that is otherwise slow. The week-long culinary extravaganza gives patrons the opportunity to take advantage of dining deals offered at a wide-variety of reputable restaurants and allows participating downtown establishments to showcase culinary talent by highlighting the diverse offerings.

About Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA)
DRA is an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to continue the revitalization of Raleigh’s downtown. The Alliance enhances the quality of life and positively impacts the economic success of downtown through five services:  1. Safety, Hospitality & Clean Ambassadors; 2. Strategic Branding & Community Communications; 3. Special Events Production & City Plaza Programming; 4. Retail Attraction & Merchant Promotions; and 5. Strategic Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement. For more information about DRA, please visit www.youRhere.com.

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