NEWTOWN, Conn. — Diners in Newtown and Sandy Hook will have the opportunity to try new restaurants or revisit old favorites during the town’s first-ever restaurant week, which celebrates both local and international cuisine.
During the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, restaurants throughout town will feature fixed-price menus or special menu options.
The week is organized by The Newtown Economic Development Commission, which has listed participating restaurants at newtownsandyhookeats.com .
The restaurants offer an international variety, including Italian, Thai, Irish, Japanese, English, Indian, progressive American flavors and Fusion cuisines.
“We have a list there of all the restaurants and delis from lunch to breakfast to dinner,” Newtown’s Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter told Daily Voice. “There’s something for everybody.”
The event also includes a musical component. To enhance the cultural experience of Restaurant Week, the commission partnered with the Newtown Cultural Commission and the Board of Education to incorporate “Music in the Streets” on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.
On those dates, musical performances by local musicians and students will greet diners from 5 to 7 p.m. outside of select locations -- anything from a saxophonist to an a capella group, Paynter said.
One of the goals of the event is to showcase the development in restaurants in town.
“We’ve had a great uptick in restaurants within Sandy Hook village and the town of Newtown,” Paynter said. “We want to highlight them because it's a good base of our business environment in Newtown and want to tell the surrounding communities of the different eateries and dining destinations that we have in both Newtown and Sandy Hook.”
Paynter said there is no cost to local restaurants to participate.
“Our sponsors are taking care of all the media and outreach,” she said. “We’re thankful to our sponsors to help make this community event happen.”
Two of the main sponsors are Newtown Savings Bank and Dental Associates. (A full list of sponsors is available here .)
Paynter hopes to continue the event as a yearly tradition. “We hope it becomes an annual event that the restaurants and communities embrace,” she said.