If you like to eat out in Wyandotte, the next eight days are going to leave your tastebuds happy and your wallet full.
The Wyandotte Downtown Development Authority is hosting its inaugural Downtown Restaurant Week from March 23-30.
During that time, downtown restaurants, coffeehouses, bars and sweet shops will offer $1, $5, $10, $15 and two-for-one specials.
“Downtown Wyandotte offers a vast array of American and ethnic cuisine,” DDA Director Natalie Rankine said. “It ranges from fast food to carryout to fine dining. We have something for everyone. …
“We need to put a focus on the fact that this community has a destination appeal that you don’t find in other cities, and restaurant week is a wonderful way to accomplish that.”
Customers can fill out entries at participating businesses for a chance to win a gift card to a downtown shop. During the eight-day promotion, Rankine said, three gift cards will be given away each day.
In addition, three lucky diners will be chosen at random throughout the week and will have their tabs paid for by the DDA.
Rankine, along with Mayor Joseph Peterson, will surprise the winners by showing up at a random time at a participating business and selecting someone who is enjoying their breakfast, lunch or dinner.
As of Wednesday, 23 of the 34 food and beverage shops in the downtown area are participating in the promotion, Rankine said.
For a list of those businesses and what specials are being offered at each, visit the DDA’s website.
While she laughs about it now, Rankine said, there was much thought put into the timing of Downtown Restaurant Week.
“We picked it because March traditionally has bad weather and is a slower season for restaurants, but that hasn’t been the case here lately,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. … We’re encouraging people to try some restaurants they haven’t been to before.”
While this year’s event is confined strictly to downtown shops, Rankine said, the plan is for the DDA to partner with the and expand next year’s celebration to include restaurants throughout the entire city.