First Greensburg Restaurant Week coming in August |

First Greensburg Restaurant Week coming in August

Jacob Tierney
Jacob Tierney | Tribune-Review
Ryan Morrison (left) and Ray Flowers prepare meals at Sun Dawg Cafe in Greensburg.

The first Greensburg Restaurant Week will celebrate the city’s culinary scene in August, with 17 restaurants offering discount deals and special menus.

“We wanted to bring more awareness to small businesses,” said Ashley Kertes, director of Think Greensburg, which is organizing the event. “We have a really great selection of restaurants that many people don’t even know about.”

Kertes suspects restaurant week will attract foodies to the city, which could in turn tempt them to shop at local retailers.

The city’s restaurants see each other more as collaborators than competitors, said Lisa Hegedus, owner of Caffe Barista on West Otterman Street.

“We all have our own flair,” she said.

She’s owned the cafe for 21 years, and thinks a good mix of restaurants will bring more people to town, which is good for everyone.

“We all do something different,” she said. “It’s a small town, and we only have a few restaurants.”

People often choose to eat at one of the many restaurants on Route 30, bypassing downtown Greensburg, said Rachel Flowers, co-owner of Sun Dawg Cafe on North Main Street. Events like Restaurant Week can help bring people into the city, she said.

“We all need to work together to bring more people to the city, and grow our city,” she said. “It’s awesome.”

Not all of the participating restaurants are downtown. Some are on Route 30, just outside the city in Hempfield. But many are in Greensburg proper.

The event is modeled on New York City restaurant week, which began in 1992 and inspired similar initiatives across the country.

Greensburg’s version will be held Aug. 19-25.

Think Greensburg will begin advertising eateries’ special Restaurant Week menus online next month.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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