Don’t just buy local, eat this way too

If you need an incentive to dine somewhere in Southeast Texas — and you really shouldn’t — the fourth annual Restaurant Week should whet your appetite. Once again, the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is making a special effort to remind area residents that they don’t have to travel to Houston or another major city for a memorable meal. Southeast Texas has many restaurants that are well worth a visit – in fact, maybe more than you think. Hence the value of a promotion like #EATBMTrestaurantweek.

It started on Thursday and continues until next Sunday. That’s 10 full days to showcase local restaurants and some of the amazing dishes they offer.

This event showcases over 60 area restaurants and celebrates the diversity of the region’s culinary scene. Participating restaurants will offer special set menus at $10, $20 and $30 to eat in or take out. And while the event is hosted by the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau, it features restaurants throughout the 409 area code.

It also works. Beaumont Restaurant Week has broken records every year, with most restaurants seeing a 7-18% increase in revenue.

“The inaugural event drew nearly 15,000 guests and recorded nearly $500,000 in sales,” said Dean Conwell, executive director of Beaumont CVB. “With the largest number of participating restaurants this year, we look forward to the continued success of our local restaurants and further support from our community as Restaurant Week grows each year.”

A full list of participating restaurants, menus, events and other information can be found at https://www.beaumontcvb.com/restaurant-week/

There’s nothing wrong with fast food or chain restaurants. Most of us have taken advantage of their convenience and familiarity. But there’s something special about a restaurant that seeks to carve out its own space. Most of them are run by families or partners who have a passion for great food – often an ethnic dish you can’t find anywhere else.

Funky and intriguing places like this need to be supported. And “supported” means to go over there and order a meal.

Difficult place

It’s hard enough running a small business, that’s what a restaurant is. But their owners face special challenges like purchasing raw materials that will spoil if not purchased at the right time and stored properly. Food must be prepared and cooked the right way to please the diner. It’s not like putting boxes or clothes on a shelf and not worrying about whether customers get them the next day or the following week. And while many businesses have been impacted by the pandemic, the effect on restaurants has been particularly harsh. Many have closed.

We’ve all heard of the need to “shop local,” and it’s a good cause. But there is also something to be said for eating local. You can do this anytime, but you can get great deals right now during #EATBMTrestaurantweek

Check it out and go to one of these restaurants. We are sure you won’t regret it.

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