Restaurant Week: Beyond Cheap Eats

The time to chow down for charity is almost upon us: Restaurant Week’s fall edition will run August 23-30. Nearly 100 local eateries are expected to participate in the event, now in its seventh year, including first-timers Hard Rock Café on the Strip and Ogden’s Hops & Harvest at Tivoli Village. From $20.13 to $50.13, diners will have their pick of specially created, multicourse, prix-fixe menus from some of the finest digs in town.

But Restaurant Week is about far more than just reduced prices and good nosh; a portion of the proceeds benefit Three Square food bank. “Between $4 and $6 of every Restaurant Week meal goes to feeding our neighbors in need, which means that one meal can generate between 12 to 18 meals for the needy,” explains Three Square CEO Brian Burton.

Last year, more than $73,000 was raised from Restaurant Week’s fall edition, which provided more than 219,000 meals to the hungry in Southern Nevada. Since Restaurant Week’s inception in 2006, Three Square has been able to provide more than 2 million meals overall.

“The magic of Restaurant Week is that everyone wins. The community wins, the restaurants get new customers and we’re able to feed more people,” Burton says. “I’m definitely going to be eating every meal out that week. I will probably gain some weight, but I’ll be fighting hunger, so it will be worth it.” Check out Restaurant Week’s fall lineup at

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