FAQs for Diners
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. Cocktail Kits, To-Go Cocktails and 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 2020 starts Friday, August 14, 2020 and runs through Monday, August 31, 2020. Not all restaurants, bars and food trucks will be open all 18 days of BRW. Please check by visiting the Eat/Drink tab for dates and hours of operation for all participating restaurants, bars and food trucks.
How do I participate in BRW?
No passes, tickets or coupons are required to enjoy BRW. Diners simply order To-Go, Curbside Pickup or Dine-In with restaurants’ new safety precautions at any of BRW’s participating restaurants, bars or food trucks, and order off their special BRW menus, which will be listed on our website as soon as businesses submit them (by Aug. 7). Be sure to ask your server for the BRW menu!
Is it safe to visit participating businesses during BRW?
All participating businesses are strictly following all CDC guidelines for dine-in customers. Indoor restaurant and bar capacities are limited to 50%, so checking in advance for table availability and making reservations are recommended. If reservations are unavailable, most restaurants are offering take-out and curbside pickup during BRW. Other safety precautions restaurants are taking include disposable table items, mask requirements and more.
How much does BRW cost?
Prices vary by restaurant and meal. Price points range from $5 to $50 per person for a wide variety of multi-course, prix-fixe menus. We will also have Cocktail Kits, Cocktails To-Go and Family-Style meal options available that will vary in price. Be sure to check each business’s menu for specific details and offerings (when menus are added).
When and where can I see each restaurant, bar or food truck’s menu?
The menu submission deadline for participating businesses is Aug. 7, 2020. We will have all menus available by that date if they have submitted their menu. Menus can be viewed by visiting the Restaurants tab on the website. If a menu is not available, that means it has not been finalized or submitted by the restaurant yet, so be sure to check back!
Does BRW offer vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options?
Yes. While not every restaurant is able to cater to each dietary preference, you can search our participants list and sort by dietary preference to view restaurants offering menus in line with your lifestyle.
Does BRW offer children’s menus?
Menu offerings are ultimately left to the discretion of each restaurant, bar or food truck to create and prepare. If a participant does offer a children’s menu, you will see it when viewing the restaurant’s menu in our Restaurants tab. You can also choose to order from the business’s regular menu during BRW, including children’s menus normally available at restaurants.
Will BRW host any events?
Originally, BRW organizers had plans to bring back the signature BRW Preview Party and Wineology events this year, but because of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel those for 2020.
However, we will host Zoom live cooking demos offered for diners that will be presented by sponsors and local chefs/restaurants. They 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 types of Zoom events, and we will partner and promote!
Additionally, select restaurants, bars and chefs may host specialty meals and events for the most fervent foodies at their locations.
Please visit our Events page for a detailed run-down of each event taking place during BRW.
There’s a restaurant, bar or food truck I really want to be in BRW. How can I make it happen?
Email us at email@example.com and let us know – we will contact them!
Or tell the restaurant manager or owner about us, and have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, they can go ahead and register by submitting their application at the Business Sign-Up tab on our website.
My organization/business is interested in sponsoring, participating and/or contributing to BRW. How can I find out more information about this?
BRW sponsors are a crucial component of Birmingham Restaurant Week and include a wide variety of local businesses, corporations, food and beverage vendors, media partners and more. We would be glad to discuss a potential partnership, sponsorship or other opportunity with your organization. Please email email@example.com if you are interested, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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