KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Restaurateurs who have been able to survive the pandemic welcome this year’s KC Restaurant Week as an opportunity to serve more customers.
Jane Zieha's restaurant, Blue Bird Bistro, has been part of KC Restaurant Week since the initiative began.
The 2021 version, which started Friday and continues through Jan 17, has been different in a good way, Zieha said.
“This is one of my busiest starts to restaurant week," she said. "It’s usually a slower start and then it’s like boom, so this is great."
Blue Bird Bistro is offering a special menu for lunch, dinner and carryout along with the other participating restaurants.
Prior to the pandemic, most restaurants only offered deals for dine-in only.
“This is my first time, as a business owner, with Restaurant Week but I'm looking forward to it," Urban Cafe Owner and Chef Justin Clark said. "I'm excited. It looks like it might be a lot of to-go (orders).”
More than 170 restaurants are participating in KC Restaurant Week with a portion of the proceeds from the 10-day dining event benefiting the Don Bosco Centers.