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‘The restaurant was full’: Restaurant week praised after initiative sparks eatery business boom

‘The restaurant was full’: Restaurant week praised after initiative sparks eatery business boom

Teesside Restaurant Week has been praised for sparking a business boom at a popular Middlesbrough eatery.

The initiative, which takes part four times a year, sees everything from award-winning restaurants to local pubs take part in a bid to help promote the Teesside hospitality industry and entice diners to try new foods and locations.

Courtney Upex, manager and shareholder at Linthorpe Road restaurant Olivello, wasn’t sure whether the established eatery would take part at first – but now says the week was so popular that the business extended the offer for two weeks.

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Courtney said: “It was a really big success for us – the restaurant was full and the menu was very popular, so much so we extended the offer for a fortnight afterwards.

“Lots of the people who visited us during the last Restaurant Week were new customers too – and after enjoying themselves and seeing what we have to offer they’ve returned for food, afternoon tea or cocktails.”

Courtney Upex outside Olivello(Image: Middlesbrough Council)

The promotion sees participating businesses offer a special menu for £20 per head, and has seen a growing number take part over the years. The week is organised by Alex Cook, who runs Stokesley restaurants Il Mulino, Piccolo and The Mill, and James Watson, who runs Yarm’s Luna Blu and Over Ice, a hospitality business consultancy.

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  • June 3, 2023