Did restaurant week extension help?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Restaurant week has come with a side of snow and ice this year.

“The winter has presented challenges,” says Coco’s Bistro owner Karen Gagnet.

That’s why restaurant week has become restaurant two weeks, giving places like Coco’s Bistro an extra chance to showcase their unique food and atmosphere.

Gagnet says the added week has been a help.

“I didn’t anticipate this week would have that impact but it has,” Gagnet says. “I think people are still looking for the experience.”

Like other restaurants, Sweeney’s Seafood has also been trying to swim up stream against the rough winter that led to the restaurant week extension.

Owner Lisa Long says they haven’t doubled sales during restaurant week as in years past but business is up.

The two weeks have also given Sweeney’s a chance to offer customers special dishes.

“It’s a great time for the chef to see what he can do differently,” Long says.

Add in the fact that Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and the forecast is already warming hearts.

“There will be better days ahead,” Long says.

Restaurant week goes through February 9. More than 30 restaurants are participating.

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