Fulton County Restaurant Week starts Saturday

Shown is The Brass Monkey, 52 Cayadetta St. in Gloversville, one of the many restaurants participating in Restaurant Week that starts on Saturday and ends on March 13. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Restaurant Week will begin Saturday, with special menus and prices ranging from $10.20 for lunch to $20.20 for dinner.

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is “aggressively” promoting 2020 Fulton County Restaurant Week, and numerous restaurants are participating in an event that’s based on the year 2020, officials said. The special culinary week runs from Saturday to March 13.

Chamber President/CEO Mark Kilmer reported on the event recently to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee. This is the first time Fulton County has conducted a special restaurant week involving many restaurants — an event that has been held by other counties and communities.

“I think it is destined for success, once you get started,” Kilmer said.

Kilmer mentioned nearly 25 area restaurants that will be participating and the list has grown steadily.

The chamber is asking menus to be built around offering three-course dinners featuring an appetizer, entree and dessert for $20.20 — not including tax and gratuity. Participants will also be offering lunch specials for $10.20 — not including tax and gratuity.

Lunch and dinner menus are being posted on 44lakes.com and the chamber’s Facebook page.

Kilmer said a digital billboard is advertising 2020 Fulton County Restaurant Week at the 890/Crosstown Plaza in Schenectady. He said this is a busy intersection that receives many views a day.

The chamber official said that in addition to this special week, the chamber is working on other events for the year.

To see a full listing of participating restaurants go to: https://www.facebook.com/VisitFultonCountyNY/

Elsewhere in Kilmer’s report to the committee:

∫ The chamber’s first-ever Walleye Awakening event Feb. 14 was well-attended, even with it being during a very cold period.

“Our inaugural event of our Walleye Awakening was a great success,” Kilmer said.

He said 300 people on Facebook were interested, but the final attendance wasn’t calculated.

“I heard a lot of good stuff about it,” said Johnstown Town Supervisor Jack Wilson.

Kilmer said the event was well handled along the Great Sacandaga Lake by the Lanzi Family, a band played, a bonfire lit, and participants enjoyed a “wonderful” fireworks show by Santore Fireworks,

“We’re going to add a little bit to it every year,” he said.

Unfortunately, the annual Walleye Ice Fishing Challenge scheduled for the next day had to be canceled, Kilmer said. He said 3,000 people still attended a prize event, with 20 to 30 percent of people coming from outside of New York state.

“That was a great event, despite no fishing,” Kilmer said.

∫ Kilmer reported he continues to promote tourism through print, radio and social media. He said he reports updates on radio shows on WENT and WVTL.

“I enjoy working with our community to promote our area,” he said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Kerry Minor

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