Downtown Eating Week in Edmonton is aimed toward a busy ultimate weekend – Edmonton

After being canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, a popular Edmonton festival is back to give food service a boost.

Downtown Dining Week usually takes place in March, but was one of the first festivals to close after Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health ordered restaurants to close.

The multi-course festival has returned for a 12-day route and ends on November 8th.

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Nick Lilley of the Downtown Business Association said the time is right for a second version of the event as local businesses struggle to stay afloat.

“Our small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy. We know we have to support them, especially in these difficult times, ”said Lilley.

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The restaurants are working to reassure customers through additional hygiene practices and physical distancing. Many offer take-away or roadside food.

“We want to support people who want to participate in a unique way,” said Lilley. “We try to make sure this is a safe and engaging experience for everyone.”

Bottega 104 is one of 40 restaurants participating in the event.

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Managing partner Antonio Petosa said they worked hard to make sure the space is ready to welcome guests inside.

“Come and see that things can be done right and you can have a good dining experience … even if it’s in a slightly different setting,” said Petosa.

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Petosa said he feels lucky that his downtown location is experiencing a lunchtime rush despite reduced capacity.

“I think we’re one of the happier restaurants in town. Our customers have come back to support us, ”said Petosa. “It’s heartwarming. It’s encouraging. But you know, Edmontonians are like that. We are people who support small businesses. “

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