FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- There’s only one day left of Savor Fort Wayne. FOX 55 speaks with local eateries about how the restaurant week is boosting business during these slower winter months.
Savor Fort Wayne is an annual event that draws in participation from dozens of local restaurants.
This year, a record-breaking 57 participating restaurants are offering three-course, value-priced menus for diners to enjoy.
Junk Ditch Co-Owner Andrew Smith says this is their fourth year participating.
“It’s a great way to bring news customers in, people who may not have heard of us before. It gives them a chance to come out and try our food,” Smith said.
The biggest difference this year is the demand for carry-out because of the pandemic.
Kristen Guthrie with Visit Fort Wayne says the pandemic made the event even more important.
“The restaurant owners who’ve been struggling this year, it just seems like the perfect time to encourage them and support them and bring them business,” Guthrie said.
Trubble Brewing Co-Owner Keli Hankee says she’s pleasantly surprised how busy they’ve been since the event began last week.
“Saturdays have been real busy and the other days of the week have been above average as well,” Hankee said.
Visit Fort Wayne puts on the event in January because that’s usually when there’s a decline in folks going out to eat.
“It’s January, so it’s a slower time of the year for restaurants and we see quite an uptick in the customers during 'Savor,'” Smith said.
Hankee says winter months are tough for Trubble as well.
“Weather is always something we have to keep an eye on. We are doing our best to make the outdoor tents as comfortable as possible. Hopefully, there won’t be as much of a negative impact as it has been for us in the past," she said.
Both restaurant owners say that customers coming out and supporting them during this time is imperative to keep their doors open.
Here is a full list of participating restaurants.