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It was extended to help an industry that needed a boost and businesses have today expressed the huge difference that Aberdeen Restaurant Week (ARW) has made to the local economy.

ARW has proved extremely popular with north-east residents, with the majority of venues reporting a huge increase in covers across the duration of the event, and many fully booked each night, giving a big boost to them at a time when it was most needed.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of organisers Aberdeen Inspired, said: “It has been evident from the feedback we have had across the board from participating restaurants that this Aberdeen Restaurant Week has given a huge uplift and increased sales.
“It has been great to see restaurants and cafes that have been through so much and worked so hard to keep going whilst adhering to the sectors operating restrictions, welcoming back customers safely and enjoying success throughout the extended two weeks of the event. The fact that a number have decided to further extend the promotional offers on beyond ARW is testament to the power of it and demonstrates what an impact it has made during a difficult time.
“We would urge the public to continue safely supporting the city centre, particularly as we head into the busy Christmas period. Another way to do this will be though the Aberdeen Gift Card, which will go on sale to the public later this month and is another way to help support city centre businesses and jobs.”

Tippling House’s offering during Aberdeen Restaurant Week proved so popular that the business has decided to extend the promotion themselves for a further week. Other businesses that have also extended the offer as it was so successful include Café Boheme, The Braided Fig, The Esslemont, Books and Beans, Mac’s Pizzeria and Ferryhill House Hotel among others.

Adrian Gomes, owner of The Tippling House, said: “Aberdeen Restaurant Week has essentially been Aberdeen’s version of Eat Out to Help Out, boosting the local hospitality industry at a crucial stage in the restrictions. We’ve had a very successful fortnight, even extending the menu for a further week, just to fit as many enquiries in.
“A good few guests have even re-booked for the same menu the following week, which is testament to the quality of our tasting menu and friendly, attentive service from The Tippling House team. This city needs vibrancy more than ever and I cannot over-state the high standard of food & drink talent we have in this city, that is under threat from the current restrictions.”