The Food Guy, Steven Keith Eating his way through the state, plate by plate

Charleston Restaurant Week = $500,000 Impact

Did you hear the great (CHA-CHING!) news about Charleston Restaurant Week, which recently wrapped up its third year with a record 20 participating establishments?

Buzz Foods, the event’s brainchild and promoter, calculated that more than 10,000 meals were sold during this year’s Restaurant Week. Those meal costs – plus tax, gratuity, bar sales and parking – add up to an estimated economic impact of around $500,000 for those 6 days alone.

I believe it.

There wasn’t an empty seat in the house most places I visited, with several restaurant owners and chefs saying it was their best and busiest Restaurant Week yet. And that’s despite bad weather than hampered some travel (and closed at least one participating restaurant) at the start of the week.

Nice work, Buzz!