by Mariana We are in the middle of an economic recession and if anyone has felt its harsh effects, it is the restaurant business. To be more specific: upscale, pricey restaurants. You can walk into many places that once had waiting lists seven days a week, to find empty tables and servers walking around with nothing to do. For this reason, many restaurants now rely on Restaurant Week to bring in more customers. More than 200 Boston-area restaurants participate in Restaurant Week. For $33.09 (Dinner) or $20.09 (Lunch), guests can choose an appetizer, a main course and a dessert from a prix-fixe menu. Considering that these are the prices of just one dish at many of the places, this is a fantastic deal. As someone who has worked many Restaurant Weeks over the years at the recently closed, South End icon, Icarus, I can report that the clientele for Restaurant Week has changed given the current economy. Many folks that used to eat at fine dining establishments on a regular basis now have no choice but to dine only during specials like these. The good news is that since Restaurant Week does such a great job of bringing in diners, places such as Pigalle, Sibling Rivalry and Sel De La Terre have extended the special through the whole month of August. Don't miss your chance to try out some good eats, but rest assured that with the economy as it is, there will probably be many more affordable prix-fixe menus to come.
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