Savor sweet and sumptuous deals for Troy Restaurant Week

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 12, 2015

 Neiman Marcus’ famous chocolate chip cookies will be an option for lunch during Troy Restaurant Week at the NM Café.

Neiman Marcus’ famous chocolate chip cookies will be an option for lunch during Troy Restaurant Week at the NM Café.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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Want to dine at a restaurant you haven’t tried before and drop a few less dimes doing it?

Get the dish on 19 Troy restaurants during Troy Restaurant Week, being held Aug. 16-21.

The fixed prices for selected menu options feature three courses in most cases and range from $15 to $45. Reservations are accepted at most restaurants. Check menus and make reservations online at www.troyrestaurantweek.com.

Ara Topouzian, president and CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored the event since 2009, said that Troy Restaurant Week is a much anticipated event for the Troy business community and residents.

“The restaurants see a spike in their clientele,” said Jessica Hruska, marketing and communications specialist for the Troy Chamber of Commerce. “It gives families on a tighter budget a chance to try a fancier dining experience they can’t afford all the time.”

New this year, diners may snap a photo of themselves enjoying their dining experience during Troy Restaurant Week in the Oh Snap, It’s Troy Restaurant Week! contest and submit it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #OhSnapTRW15 for a chance to win a gift card to one of the participating restaurants.

“We wanted to create more engagement online, have diners share their experiences and create a conversation on Troy Restaurant Week,” Hruska said.

The lineup is:
• 2Booli
• Bahama Breeze
• Bonefish Grill
• Carrabba’s Italian Grill
• Kona Grill
• Kruse & Muer on Wilshire
• Lakes
• Loccino Italian Grill & Bar
• McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks
• Morton’s The Steakhouse
• NM Café at Neiman Marcus
• Ocean Prime
• Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen
• Picano’s
• Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
• Sakura Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi
• The Capital Grille
• The Melting Pot
• Tre Monti Ristorante

“Troy Restaurant Week is a great way to gain exposure to local patrons that have never been to our cafe,” said Suzy Springer, restaurant manager for Neiman Marcus, via email. “We believe that the NM Café is a hidden gem within the Troy community, and the Restaurant Week format is an opportunity to showcase our unique menu and renowned Neiman Marcus service.”

Kellie Holcomb, regional sales manager for Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, said the restaurant has participated in Restaurant Week since its inception because it allows the restaurant to open its doors to more people.

“They get the full feel of what’s Ruth’s Chris has to offer at a more affordable price,” she said.

“We know we are based in the heart of Troy, and that’s the market we’re after,” said Mike D’Angelo, chef at Lakes, which has participated in Restaurant Week a couple of times. “We really want to establish ourselves as a Troy restaurant and something people in Troy can be proud of.”

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