Houston Restaurant Weeks came to a close on Monday, September 1. The total amount of money raised from the approximately 165 participating restaurants has not been announced yet, but we spoke with a few restaurant general managers/owners about their experience during HRW this year to get some feedback from the restaurant-side in terms of customer traffic, work load in the kitchen, profits for the restaurant and if they would consider participating next year.
Photo courtesy of Houston Restaurant Weeks HRW is over, but some Houston restaurants are sounding off on their experiences this year.
Kata Robata (a frequent participant), Radical Eats (newcomer to HRW) and Eleven:Eleven (a second-year participant) provided us with some similar comments about the restaurant's experience, and some strikingly different opinions from the general managers/owners.
Kata Robata has participated in HRW for about five years. General manager Blake Lewis says that Kata Robata is already busy during August, so adding HRW traffic definitely can clog things up in the restaurant. Lewis says about 980 customers dined on the restaurant weeks menu at Kata this year.
"We did a few hundred less than we did the year before," Lewis says. "I just think that there were so many more restaurants doing it this year that that might have been the reason why we didn't see as many as we have in the previous years. We just get guests that wouldn't normally come to Kata because they are afraid of the menu or just think it's too expensive, or whatever have you. We get a lot of first-timers here during restaurant weeks which we are obviously happy about. But a lot of them don't always return just because they end up not appreciating what we do here."More »