After last August’s KRLD Restaurant Week/Month, I asked one of our interns to contact all of the restaurants that participated and conduct a brief survey. The results are here. I did this because most of the pre-event chatter among the trade was negative. Many of the chefs and restaurateurs I’d spoken with were disappointed with advance reservations and most of them predicted a dim result.
However, today comes word from the organizers:
Last summer’s popular dining event raised more than $605,500 for its supporting partners — the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) in Dallas and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth — with more than 100,000 prix fixe dinners served in 138 restaurants across Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant County.
The 2010 KRLD Restaurant Week tally reflects more than a $100,000 increase over the previous year’s charitable contributions. As North Texas diners and participating establishments increasingly embrace the campaign message, “Dining Out’s a Good Deed, Helping Families in Need,” KRLD Restaurant Week organizers are honoring those local eateries that donated the most in 2010.
In case you want to get in shape before next summer’s extravaganza, the dates for the main week will be August 15–21, 2011.
Jump for the official press release. Continue reading "KRLD Restaurant Week 2010 Celebrates Record Charity Donation"3 Comments »
Just after KRLD Restaurant Week ended in early September, I put our patient and persistent intern, Taylor Walker, on a project. Taylor contacted every one of the 131 restaurants that participated in the program this year and asked them to complete a brief survey. Thanks to Taylor and the 125 restaurants who took the time to contribute their thoughts.
Some of the results surprised me. During August, when the event was taking place, I heard a lot of negative chatter from the restaurant industry. I thought responses would reflect “Restaurant Week fatigue.” However, 118 out of 125 (94%) restaurants claimed they would do it all over again next year. This year, 51% of the restaurants served their RW menu for 3 weeks (up from 38% in 2009). According to our survey, 82% of participating restaurants reported an increase in business during August, but only 39% cleared a profit.
We also asked for “on-the-record” and “off-the-record” comments which are printed below the whole survey.
Jump for the full report.
Continue reading "SideDish Special Report: 2010 KRLD Restaurant Week Survey Results"
I am polling all of the local restaurants that participated in KRLD Restaurant Week to get a feel for how this year compared to last year. I’d like to add your opinions to my sorta scientific analysis.
If you dined during KRLD Restaurant Week in 2009 and again this year, answer the following question below.
Overall, was your dining experience during 2010 KRLD Restaurant Week
a) Much better than 2009
b) About the same as 2009
c) Worse than 2009
Thanks, the check is in the mail.7 Comments »
Comments are open. Operators are packing it in.
Comments are open. Operators are sleeping in but will be here eventually.
We asked you to pay attention to servers who went above and beyond the call of duty to make your KRLD Restaurant Week memorable. Last week, Amber Zuniga and Johan Mand of Charlie Palmer shared the honor as Best Servers of KRLD Restaurant Week Number One.
The winner for week number two is Brandon Smoot from Dish. (Last week Dish server Ira Steck was a runner-up.) Obviously Dish is providing great service during the hectic time of Restaurant Week. Way to go Brandon! Your public has spoken.
Below you will find other servers who captured your attention during the second KRLD Restaurant Week. Thanks to all who took the time to nominate your server. And thanks to the many servers who work hard to represent the Dallas restaurant business. We appreciate you both. Go. Eat. Nominate. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Continue reading "Best Server of KRLD Restaurant Week Number Two: Brandon Smoot, Come on Down!"5 Comments »
UPDATE: Lonesome Dove.
UPDATE: Capital Grill, Go Fish, Cadot, Pappas Bros., Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.
UPDATE: Nick & Sam’s, Central 214, Canary by Gorji, III Forks, Hibiscus.
Update: Al Biernat’s, Abacus.
Update: The Second Floor.
UPDATE: St. Martin’s Wine Bar, Fearing’s, Stephan Pyles.
Congrats to the winners of last week’s contest. Now, let’s get busy and vote for the server who will take honors next Monday. If you have a server who goes above and beyond the call of RW duty, take a picture and get their name. E-mail details to me (email@example.com)1 Comment »
Last week we asked KRLD Restaurant Week participants to pay attention to servers who went above and beyond the call of duty to make the experience memorable. You did! And you emailed reports and photos of great servers in Dallas.
The winner of week goes to Charlie Palmer at the Joule. Okay, I know Charlie isn’t a server, but two servers from the restaurant, Amber Zuniga and John Mand, received stellar reviews so I am proclaiming them the winners.
Below you will find other servers who captured your attention during the first KRLD Restaurant Week. Thanks to all who took the time to nominate your server. And thanks to the many servers who work hard to represent the Dallas restaurant business. We appreciate you both. Go. Eat. Nominate. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Continue reading "Best Servers of KRLD Restaurant Week Number One: Amber Zuniga and John Mand of Charlie Palmer, Come On Down!"7 Comments »
Update: Five Sixty, Fearing’s, Lonesome Dove.
Update: Al Biernats, Hibiscus, Pyramid Room, Fearing’s, Nobu.