Madrid prepares to celebrate restaurant week

08:30, October 19, 2010      

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Madrid is expected to celebrate its third restaurant week starting Friday as top restaurants in the city offer menus on a limited budget.

The Third Madrid Restaurant Week will see 54 of the best restaurants in the city offer set menus at a price of 25 euros (30 U.S. dollars), of which one euro (1.25 dollars) will be donated to charity.

Madrid is following other cities, such as New York, Washington, London and Lisbon, to run the restaurant week as the event becomes more and more popular.

This year, seven more restaurants will participate in the restaurant week which will end on Nov. 1.

However, the purpose of running such an event is far beyond raising money for good causes. The low prices allow people to try those restaurants they usually do not visit, and they are tempted to return some day.

The autumn is traditionally a slow time for restaurants in Madrid and the 10-day restaurant week will make the 54 participating restaurants see their tables filled at a time when these tables usually might be empty with the waiters at the risk of being laid off.

The idea of Restaurant Week started in New York 16 years ago with the aim of revitalizing the city's flagging gastronomic scene.

Source: Xinhua


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