FAQs for Business Participants
What is Birmingham Restaurant Week?
From fine dining to down-home cookin’, food and drink lovers with a taste for adventure can enjoy special lunch or dinner 2 and 3-course, prix-fixe menus ranging from $5 to $50 per person – making it easy and affordable for everyone to enjoy a taste of Birmingham’s diverse dishes. BRW is inviting locally owned bars and food trucks to participate as well.
As a result of the severe economic impact that the pandemic has had on Birmingham restaurants, this year’s BRW will feature participating businesses’ To-Go and Curbside Pickup options., as well as the traditional dine-in option for businesses that have reopened for limited-seating dining on their patio and/or inside their restaurant. Family-style options will be offered on BRW menus also. Only locally owned and operated businesses will be allowed to participate this year, as BRW has decided to be hyper local and support the local community.
When is Birmingham Restaurant Week 2020?
BRW | Winter 2021 starts Thursday, January 14, 2021 and runs through Sunday, January 31, 2021. Your restaurant, bar or food truck is not required to be open all 18 days. Set your own open and close hours according to your normal work schedule. Your BRW business listing will inform diners when your restaurant, bar and food truck will be open and closed.
How do I participate in BRW?
To register your locally owned restaurant, bar or food truck, click on the “Business Sign-Up” tab in the upper right corner of this website and fill out the application.
Who can participate in BRW?
BRW is inviting locally owned restaurants, bars and food trucks to participate. Only locally owned and operated businesses will be allowed to participate this year, as BRW has decided to be hyper local and support the local community.
How much does BRW cost?
To participate in BRW, the fee is $300 (about $17/day) for restaurants that will be serving both lunch and dinner or breakfast, lunch and dinner, $250 (about $14 a day) for restaurants serving just dinner. For restaurants serving only lunch, the fee is $200 ($11/day). For food trucks and bars, the registration fee is $200 ($11/day). These fees can be paid by credit card, PayPal or through Venmo. Our username is BirminghamRestaurant-Week. The application will direct you to the options for payment.
When is the deadline to register?
Registration will remain open until Dec. 31 to allow ample time for restaurant, bar and food truck owners to sign up. If you are unable to sign up by this deadline, reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Menus will be due by Dec. 31.
I have questions or problems with the application – how do I get help?
Send an e-mail to email@example.com, and our team will promptly contact you with help. Please call 205-933-8893 if you would like to speak with someone during normal business hours.
What safety precautions must my business take?
All participating businesses are expected to strictly adhere to all CDC guidelines for dine-in customers, as well as all local city requirements. The city of Birmingham has posted these Restaurant Guidelines for businesses to follow.
Will BRW host any events?
BRW organizers had plans to bring back the signature BRW Preview Party and Wineology events, but due to the current guidelines with COVID-19, BRW will not be hosting any physical events that will be open to the public.
During BRW, we may host Zoom live demos offered for diners that will be presented by sponsors and local chefs/restaurants/bars. Topics may include how to make a cocktail, how to make a family style meal, wine tastings and more. Sponsors and individual restaurants and bars are free to offer any of these type of Zoom events, and we will be glad to partner and promote those for you! We would encourage you to think about offering meals or items diners can pick up in advance of the Zoom, so they can create the meal and/or cocktail with their family or by themselves safely at home.
Also, select restaurants and bars may host specialty meals and events for the most fervent foodies at their locations whether that be a crawfish boil, seafood night, taco tuesday, etc.
We will post Zoom and other events on our Events page for a detailed run-down of each event taking place during BRW. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions and/or to send us details.
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