The Story of Lexington Restaurant Week®
The Restaurant Week concept launched in New York City in 1992-– a brainchild of the Zagat people.
The creative crew at Group CJ recognized the Bluegrass–Horse Capital of the World–was becoming an international food and drink mecca. It was the perfect place for a big celebration of local cuisine.
In 2013, with support from BB&T and VisitLex, the first Lexington Restaurant Week® launched featuring just under 30 locally owned restaurants and multi-course meals for $25.
Now Lexington Restaurant Week® is one of the most highly anticipated events of summer throughout the region.
Lexington Restaurant Week® encourages the community to try newly opened restaurants and to revisit old favorites. These locally-owned hot spots draw tourists to the region and appeal to innovative industries who can bring new business to the Bluegrass.
Chefs create multi-course specials just for Lexington Restaurant Week®. These creations showcase the best homegrown produce and products Kentucky has to offer.
Over the course of ten exciting days it’s simple to sample the best our Bluegrass culinary scene has to offer at a fraction of the typical tab. Just venture out and eat around!
“After 30 years in the restaurant business, this promotion had by far the biggest impact of anything we’ve ever seen.”
– Keith Clark, Grey Goose
“Saturday Night every night around here!
– Bobby Murray, Merrick Inn
“Business has been nuts, so the community is certainly coming out of the woodwork to participate.”
– Cole Arimes, Coles 735 Main
“I was blown away by the success of this event. We were packed
– Debbie Long, Dudley’s On Short