Teesside Restaurant Week - Next week


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Teesside Restaurant Week has been a positive addition to Middlesbrough’s food scene, says Courtney Upex, manager and shareholder at Olivello in Linthorpe.

Offering £20 menus designed to give customers a discounted taste of what our region’s restaurants have to offer, the next instalment begins on Monday, June 5.

Afoodie event promoting the region’s best restaurants has boosted business and attracted new customers, a Middlesbrough business woman says.

Olivello on Linthorpe Road joined a growing number of venues signed up for Teesside Restaurant Week earlier this year.

The promotion sees eateries offer a special menu for £20 per head –allowing diners a discounted taste of what restaurants have to offer– with the next instalment starting on Monday, June 5.

Courtney Upex, manager and shareholder at Olivello, said Teesside Restaurant Week was a big positive for Middlesbrough’s food scene. She said: “Olivello is an established name in Middlesbrough, so when we were first approached about Restaurant Week we were unsure if we’d take part.

“But 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.”

James Watson, one of the organisers of Teesside Restaurant Week, works with venues new to the promotion and offers advice and business support.

He worked with Courtney and the team at Olivello to put together the three-course menu which was a hit with customers who especially enjoyed dishes including a goat’s cheese and black pudding starter.

“We’re known for our meat and seafood and traditional favourites like parmos are always popular,” continued Courtney.

“But it was good that customers got to try something a bit different as part of our Restaurant Week menu and we’re looking forward to launching it again this week. We’d like to say a big thank you to James and the team for their support.”

The week-long event is held four times a year, at times which help support local businesses through traditionally quiet times for the hospitality trade.

Supported by Middlesbrough Council and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, the event also helps promote the range and depth of independent businesses across the Tees Valley – with businesses in Stockton, Yarm, Norton, Stokesley, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland among those taking part.
James, who runs hospitality business consultancy Over Ice, said: “Olivello is one of Middlesbrough’s best restaurants and it’s been fantastic to welcome them to Teesside Restaurant Week.

“We have some incredible venues in Teesside and our job is to make sure people go and try them out. It’s a brilliant chance for diners to enjoy delicious food at a discounted price.

“Next week is a big one with a host of large concerts in Middlesbrough –from Arctic Monkeys to Madness – so we’ve timed this Teesside Restaurant Week to make sure local, independent venues can benefit from the increased footfall and tempt new customers.”

Around 80 restaurants – including 29 in Middlesbrough and 26 in Stockton –are signed up.

In Middlesbrough, popular names including Rio Brazilian Steakhouse, Panuozzos, Umi and The Oven are all taking part while Al Forno in Ingleby Barwick, Tomahawk in Yarm, Café Sapore in Hartburn, Jolshain Norton and Sorriso in Stockton are just a handful of the venues onboard in Stockton-on-Tees.

A full list of all those taking part is available on the Teesside Restaurant Week website www.tsrw.co.uk

Any businesses who would like to get involved can sign up online.