NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Newport Beach Restaurant Week kicked off Monday, April 19, marking the return of a noted event to its original form.
Diners could enjoy the event last year, but only in a dramatically restricted way. Restaurants served people in cars and hosted virtual events.
Now it’s back in action as intended, welcoming patrons in droves. The event comes as the economy county-wide has seen a reboot with the proliferation of coronavirus vaccines, stimulus money hitting checking accounts and the reopening of non-essential businesses.
“The rebound is already here, it’s just a matter of how high it will go,” said Steve Rosansky, president of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Newport Beach has suffered less as a city than other local municipalities, but locally owned restaurants that have had to invest in safety upgrades have been particularly hurt.
The restaurant week, which is actually two weeks starting April 19 and ending May 2, offers meals at steep discounts. Diners can sign up through a dedicated web page.
Dozens of restaurants are participating with many with special Newport Beach Restaurant Week offerings.
“People want to go out and be engaged,” Rosansky said. “And it’s a great time to get a great deal on a meal.”