Westminster's Restaurant Week begins Friday

If Westminster's third annual Restaurant Week goes as planned, city officials believe it will be "bigger and better" than ever.

Missie Wilcox, a marketing consultant with the city, said Westminster is looking for a marked increase in attendance this year after the incremental increase local restaurants saw between year one and year two.

"Our challenge for this year is not only to engage our Westminster community to come to Restaurant Week, but to engage the areas outside of Westminster," Wilcox said.

Wilcox will start a blog on Restaurant Week on the Downtown Westminster, Maryland Facebook page beginning March 31.

There were plans to create a mobile app for the event, but Wilcox said the timing was tight, and ultimately the city decided an app was "prohibitively expensive."

She added that more than 1,000 rack cards promoting the event were distributed during the recent Celtic Canter celebration.

Westminster launched its Restaurant Week in 2012 with 12 restaurants participating. One additional participant took part in 2013.

This year, 14 restaurants are offering breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, all ending in "14."

Participating restaurants are:

• Artisan Wine Co., 61 1/2 E. Main St.

• Birdie's Cafe, 233 E. Main St.

• Cup Tea Bar & Cafe, 1 E. Main St.

• Giulianova Groceria and Deli, 11 E. Main St.

• Harry's Main Street Grille, 65 W. Main St.

• Heinz Bakery, 42 W. Main St.

• J Cafe, 172 E. Main St.

• Johanssons Dining House, 4 W. Main St.

• Maggie's, 310 E. Green St.

• O'Lordans Irish Pub, 14 Liberty St.

• Paradiso Ristorante, 20 Distillery Drive

• Paradiso Pizzeria, 7 Locust Lane

• Rafael's, 32 W. Main St.

• Sideways, 84 E. Main St.

Restaurant Week begins April 4 and runs through April 12.

For more on the restaurants and their specials, go to http://www.westminstermd.gov/restaurantweek.

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