Councilmember Tom Hucker hosts week of deals at Silver Spring eateries
From September eighth to thirteenth, Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker hosted 36 restaurant owners in Silver Spring Restaurant Week , a weeklong event of promotions to highlight the growing diverse restaurant scene in Silver Spring and support food recovery efforts.
This past week, restaurants have offered two-course lunches for $12 and three-course lunches for $17. Dinner included a two-course meal for $17 dollars and three-course meal for $27. Andrea Nunez, legislative aide and scheduler at Hucker's office, helped organize the event. "It's a good deal. It's essentially a promotional week for people to come out and try different restaurants at lower costs," she said.
Hucker has lived in the Silver Spring area for many years. He is currently representing Silver Spring in the county council and did the same as a delegate for the state house. The city has been participating in D.C.'s Restaurant Week, but Hucker believed that Silver Spring deserved a week of it's own. "It's a chance for us to celebrate the great range of fine dining establishments in Silver Spring," he said.
The press release states that during Silver Spring Restaurant Week, surplus food from the restaurants will be donated to community groups including Interfaith Works, Rainbow Community Development Center and Shepherd's Table.
Hucker and his staff hope to make Restaurant Week an annual event. Eight years ago, Silver Spring hosted a Restaurant Week, but it was not successful. The price for dining was not as low and the range of restaurants was limited. However, Hucker agrees that this week has been successful "From the reports I'm getting from the restaurants, I hear that they are very happy to be part of this and for the attention and for new customers. I very much think we can do this next year," he said.
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