This year restaurant managers and owners have been faced with inflation, supply chain issues, and the pandemic. However, CBS DFW reports that those in the restaurant industry are excited for the 25th anniversary of DFW Restaurant Week on August 8th. It's the second-largest restaurant week in the United States, only second to New York City's restaurant week.
According to CBS DFW, DFW Restaurant Week gets repeat customers into local restaurants and expands their customer base. This restaurant week is needed as businesses are recovering from staffing shortages and an increase in the cost of goods. CBS says that the state has lost nearly 9,000 restaurant locations amid the pandemic.
With the ongoing inflation, the Texas Restaurant Association says the margins are slimmer as customers have less money to spend at restaurants. With food costs going up, menu prices have increased more than 7%. CBS DFW says that as part of Restaurant Week, 20% off all tabs will be distributed to two charities. In Dallas County, each order will help the North Texas Food Bank and in Tarrant County, the order helps out Lena Pope. Keegan Hand, Director of Development at Lena Pope told CBS DFW that Restaurant Week has helped provide much-needed mental health services, but also quality education opportunities for kids and families.
Fort Worth Business reports that restaurants will be offering three-course dinners for $39 or $49, and some are offering two-course lunches or brunch for $24 or $29.
Many Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants usually begin Restaurant Week with a preview weekend, which is happening right now.