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Restaurant week debuts in College Park this weekend
by Noreen Cochran
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Lina Kuo, owner of Noodle in College Park, prepares a plate of fried rice.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Lina Kuo, owner of Noodle in College Park, prepares a plate of fried rice.
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Noodle's Spicy Basil Rice plate includes rice in a spicy Thai basil sauce and onions, mushrooms, carrots, scallions, and broccoli with a choice of meat.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Noodle's Spicy Basil Rice plate includes rice in a spicy Thai basil sauce and onions, mushrooms, carrots, scallions, and broccoli with a choice of meat.
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Staff / Katherine Frye /
Noodle's Fried Rice dish with egg, diced zucchini, onions, chicken, beef, and shrimp.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Noodle's Fried Rice dish with egg, diced zucchini, onions, chicken, beef, and shrimp.
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Staff / Katherine Frye /
Lina Kuo, owner of Noodle in College Park, sits down to enjoy Fried Rice and Spicy Basil Rice.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Lina Kuo, owner of Noodle in College Park, sits down to enjoy Fried Rice and Spicy Basil Rice.
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From Southern comfort food to international tastes, 14 restaurants in College Park will highlight their best dishes at special prices beginning Friday.

The inaugural College Park Restaurant Week offers fixed-price, multiple-course lunch and dinner menus for $9 and $19 per person, respectively, exclusive of alcohol, tax and tip.

Andria Towne, vice president of marketing for city convention and visitors bureau Meet College Park Georgia, said her team crunched the numbers to get that total.

“In our event planning, we met with restaurateurs to get a better understanding of what price points would work from an operation’s standpoint while still offering an incentive for diners,” she said. “It is our hope to encourage the community to get out and try new restaurants or return to neighborhood favorites, and we found that $9 and $19 was the sweet spot.”

The bureau, along with television program Atlanta Eats and smart phone app Uber, organized the event, which continues through March 16.

Towne said their math is not flawed; the event, for which they began planning in August, is longer than seven days on purpose.

“We are well aware that the city-wide promotion in reality runs for 10 days, but for branding purposes it was much easier to say ‘Restaurant Week’ to promote that this is a multi-day event and not a single day offer,” she said. “We’ve also found that most people eat out on the weekends. By extending the event from a week to 10 days we hope that the community will take advantage of another full weekend of dining options.”

The extra time means dining patrons can immerse themselves in College Park’s culinary scene, bureau President Cookie Smoak said.

“The neighborhood’s most established chefs create signature menus that showcase unique flavors, ingredients and cooking styles while encouraging diners to experience new establishments and to return to beloved icons,” she said in a statement. “Whether it is classic Southern farm-to-table or the latest flavors from around the globe, this event delivers culinary talent and variety that are sure to please.”

Smoak said she hopes the event draws residents from outside the city limits to investigate College Park as a place not only to dine, but also to work and live.

“College Park is a small-town atmosphere within one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country,” she said. “By introducing this community-wide event to the city, Meet CPGA provides visitors, businesses and meeting planners a glimpse into the many unique amenities and conveniences that make up College Park.”

The restaurants are:

- 1900 Grill, 1900 Sullivan Road at the Sheraton

- Brake Pad, 3403 Main St.

- Champions, 2020 Convention Center Concourse

- Club E Café, 3707 Main St.

- Corner Grille, 3823 Main St.

- Dream Restaurant and Sports Bar, 5040 Old National Hwy.

- Hotel Indigo, 1776 Harvard Ave.

- La Fiesta, 1419 Virginia Ave.

- Noodle, 3693 Main St.

- Our Place Bakery Café, 3387 Main St.

- Palio, 4736 Best Road at the Westin

- Simon’s Steak & Seafood, 3529 Main St.

- Tasty Taste, 5151 W. Fayetteville Road

- The Pecan, 3725 Main St.

- Voya Bistro, 4711 Best Road at the Marriott

For more information visit www.collegeparkrestaurantweek.com

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