Diablo Magazine | East Bay Restaurant Weeks Get a Facelift
January can be a challenging month for restaurants. Patrons often take a break from dining out after overindulging during the holidays; others set New Year’s resolutions to be healthier or save money—both of which usually require eating at home.
Enter “restaurant week,” an event many cities hold each January to encourage diners to get out and enjoy all things gastronomic in their communities. In years past, restaurant weeks have traditionally involved higher-end restaurants offering reasonably priced prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. And while fixed menus are still the norm, some East Bay cities—such as Alameda, Berkeley, Concord, and Oakland—are getting more creative this year.
Berkeley’s 11-day event, for example, features specials at local breweries (Triple Rock Brewing) and wineries (Broc Cellars), and expands the deal to include breakfast and brunch options at eateries such as Doc’s Refresher (classic American), ZINO (upscale Mediterranean), and Henry’s (the recently reinvented gastropub in the Graduate Hotel).