Business is booming in downtown Syracuse–not just for Valentine’s Day, but for Dining Week coming up on Feb. 18.
Those working at Sugar & Company have been baking for three days straight to keep up with sales.
“We’ve definitely been busier this week. Thursday we were pretty busy so I staffed extra. Same thing with last night and tonight,” said Kristin Andrzejewski, Owner of Sugar & Company.
Though some may think winter weather brings less people downtown, some places get even more foot traffic this time of year.
“My theory is that people have less to do and they care a little bit less about what they eat and drink, so they come to us more often,” Andrzejewsk said.
While the holiday is bringing more people into Sugar & Company this week, other restaurants like The Hops Spot didn’t see as much business. However, they’re hoping with Dining Week coming up on Monday, that’ll change.
“We hope that we see people we’ve never seen before and we hope that they come back and see us again and they really like what we put out,” said Matthew Bartelson, Managing Partner of The Hops Spot.
The Hops Spot came to Armory Square last summer–an area Bartelson calls perfect for business. Not to mention the comradery between its neighbors.
“It’s given a chance for people to see who we are and what we do and I meet them when I go to their establishments and it’s been really great,” Bartelson said.
47 restaurants will be participating in dining week. 37 restaurants are serving three-course dinners for $30 or less, while 27 restaurants are serving three-course lunches for $10 or less.