Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh
Lynchburg, VA -Restaurants in Lynchburg, Forest, and Bedford are gearing up for the first ever Restaurant Week.
Kicking off tonight and running through dinner on Friday, customers can try some of our area's best restaurants at a discounted price.
Twenty-one locally owned restaurants are offering up a three-course menu of some of their most popular dishes.
The event gets people experiencing independent, locally-owned restaurants unique to our area.
"I think there is a lot out there that people would be interested in trying that are just diamond's in the rough that people just don't know about," said David Sonnen, Service Manager of Shakers.
Sonnen is a manager at Shakers and says they have received lots of phone calls from excited customers. All anxious to receive a great meal at an even better price.
Participating restaurants are all offering 3 course meals for either $15 or $25. Shakers went for the $15 menu.
"We've highlighted some dishes that we find to be very popular, so were go ahead and spotlight those at a discounted price," said Sonnen.
Marisa Jones owns Catalano's with her husband. They say, ‘get customers in the door and they'll keep coming back'.
"A sense of community and kind of establishing those relationships with people is what helps small business succeed," said Marisa Jones, Co-Owner of Catalano's.
When the business succeeds, the entire community succeeds.
"If you look at statistics and percentage's when you support a locally owned business the amount of money that goes back into the community through that business is a whole lot more than when your supporting corporate business and the money is going outside of the community," said Jones.
Paul and Robin Gladieux are fairly new to the area. They are excited to get out and see what restaurants have to offer.
"It's just a lot of fun and you just learn what's in your community, rather than just doing the same old same old all the time it's nice to get out and try something new," said Robin Gladieux, a Lynchburg Resident.
If you would like to see all the restaurants taking part in Restaurant Week you can visit their website.