Aberdeen Restaurant Week eases Covid blues as diners return to their seats

Aberdeen restaurants have been buzzing this month thanks to a successful Aberdeen Restaurant Week, organizers said.

Thousands of diners took advantage of the event’s discounted menus, filling seats at participating cafes and restaurants across the city.

This was a welcome return from customers for many hospitality venues. The last two years have had a significant impact on businesses through multiple Covid lockdowns and difficult business conditions.

The increase in customers during the normally slower mid-week period was particularly significant, according to officials at Aberdeen Restaurant Week.

“Restaurants and cafes are telling us they’ve seen a real uptick in diners and that traditionally quiet days have been in demand,” said Adrian Watson, chief executive of event organizer Aberdeen Inspired.

Diners tucked into a wide range of dishes.

“It is important that people feel confident to return to the city center. The impact Aberdeen Restaurant Week has on creating renewed enthusiasm and energy for coming to the city center cannot be underestimated.

A welcome boost for Aberdeen restaurants

This was the eighth outing of Aberdeen Restaurant Week and over 40 restaurants and cafes took part.

Diners enjoyed a wide range of dishes for two prices of £10 for lunch and £25 for dinner.

With the event ending today after a 12-day run, participating venues hailed it as a timely boost.

“Last week was our busiest week yet,” said Rob Milne, owner of Kirkview Café. The restaurant recently moved from Union Terrace to larger premises on Belmont Street.

Rob added: “Aberdeen Restaurant Week has kept us on our toes, particularly the lunch service and on Friday and Saturday evenings.”

Mario Gizzi, owner of Café Andaluz and Amarone, said: “Restaurant week is extremely popular with diners and we have seen a noticeable increase in the number of customers passing through our doors over the 12 days.

“Many of these diners are new to our restaurants and it is encouraging to know that they enjoyed their experience and will return to dine with us.”

A wave of new restaurants

Mr Watson said Aberdeen has some of the best restaurants in Scotland and is attracting exciting new hospitality experiences.

“The recent news that the exciting new concept restaurants Six by Nico and Resident X are heading to town will further boost the town’s reputation with foodies,” he said.

“We believe such openings will both encourage investment in the downtown core and entice businesses to return. This will further solidify the downtown core as a strong commercial district.”

Six by Nico, a restaurant chain owned by Scottish chef Nico Simeone, announced last month the launch of a Union Street branch in the spring.

Resident X is a street food market hall that will open in Marischal Square before the end of June.

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