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For the love of local
August 14-23, 2015

For the love of local
August 14-23, 2015

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General Press Information

Boilerplate:

With the theme of ‘For the Love of Local,’ Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) celebrates the city’s acclaimed culinary culture by offering incentives for patrons to revisit their favorite Birmingham restaurants or to experience new venues for the first time, all while celebrating the landmark eateries that helped make Birmingham “America’s No. 1 Next Hot Food City”, according to Zagat. Founded in 2010 and organized by REV Birmingham, BRW encourages residents and tourists alike to get a taste of Birmingham’s culinary scene and to fill the seats of the city’s eating and drinking establishments. During the 10 days, more than 75 participating restaurants throughout the Birmingham area will offer food and drink specials including two and/or three course prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus for $5, $10, $15, $20 or $30 per-person. BRW events have raised nearly $25,000 for local non-profits and tourist destinations.

BRW Announcement Press Releases:

Local Release – Sixth Annual Birmingham Restaurant Week 2015 Presented by Regions Bank to be held Aug. 14-23
Regional Release – Birmingham Restaurant Week Highlights the City’s Award-Winning Food Culture

Fun Facts:

Birmingham Culinary Accolades

Local Restaurant Honors

  • BRW participant Highlands Bar and Grill was featured as one of the top restaurants to “try before you die” by the Charleston Southern Food Bloggers.
  • Restauranteur Frank Stitt is a six-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurant Award for his Highlands Bar and Grill. In addition to Highlands Bar and Grill, Stitt also operates Bottega, Chez Fonfon and Bottega Café, all of which have participated in BRW since its inception in 2010.
  • BRW’s Post Office Pies was featured as one of the 33 Best Pizza Shops in America on Thrillist.com in 2014.
  • Paula Deen magazine named BRW participant Saw’s BBQ No. 1 BBQ place in America in 2014.

Birmingham Restaurant Week 2014 Impact

  • Over 13,000 BRW menus sold
  • 20% average increase in sales compared to a normal 10 days
  • $2,176,425 in gross receipts sales
  • $217,643 in sales tax generated
  • Over 107,000 individual sales

Fundraising Efforts

  • BRW’s annual preview parties have raised nearly $25,000 for various local non-profit attractions and tourist destinations such as Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Lyric Theater revitalization project.

Awards

  • Birmingham Magazine’s 2012 Best of Birmingham Food Advocate Finalist
  • Public Relations Council of Alabama’s 2012 Medallion Award for Social Media
  • Main Street America 2013’s Excellence in Business Promotion Award