Silver Spring will celebrate its own Restaurant Week to highlight its growing restaurant scene.
Silver Spring restaurants have previously joined Washington’s Restaurant Week, but now the city has its own. All restaurants participating will offer both two- and three-course options for lunch ($12 for two courses, $17 three courses) and dinner ($17 for two courses, $27 for three courses). The deals are scheduled to run from September 8 through September 13.
Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker (D-5), a longtime Silver Spring resident, initiated the event.
“Downtown Silver Spring continues to grow as one of this area’s best places for dining and entertainment, but there are still many people who have yet to discover the variety and quality of our restaurants,” Hucker said.
He added that the discounted prices give more people incentive to not only visit Silver Spring for the first time but to try new styles of restaurants too.
It costs nothing for restaurants to participate. Any restaurant can offer the specials, either exclusively or in addition to their regular menu.
Some restaurants are offering drink specials to go along with the special menus. Organizers said they are hoping the week will highlight the unique diversity of the Silver Spring restaurant scene.
“We have this awesome dining community that’s grown leaps and bounds in recent years,” said Andrea Nunez, a staff member in Hucker’s office who is organizing the event. “You have a lot of a really great diversity of restaurants, both in ethnicity and in style of restaurant.”
“It’s a good way to bring the community together and also participate with other restaurants to get local folks and visitors acquainted with our restaurant and our town,” said Dimitri Pankratov, general manager of 8407 Kitchen Bar, one of the 20 restaurants who are participating so far.
Nunez said that the timing of the week is no accident.
Deals are slated to begin the day after Labor Day, when most schools will begin classes and most people will be back from vacation.
There are also two major events in Silver Spring during that week: the County Executive Hispanic Gala at The Fillmore on Sept. 10 and the Silver Spring Jazz festival on Sept. 12.
Just as suburban areas often participate in D.C. Restaurant Week, Nunez is reaching out to restaurants in nearby Takoma Park and Burtonsville too.
His goal is for as many restaurants, and as many residents, workers and visitors, to participate as possible.
“The more, the merrier,” said Pankratov.