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Eateries Unite for Johns Creek's Inaugural Restaurant Week

By Frank Reddy

There’s a whole lot of excitement surrounding Johns Creek’s first-ever Restaurant Week, according to Bethany Lavigno Hountz, economic development manager of Johns Creek Advantage and an organizer of the inaugural event, which will begin March 14.

With 22 participating restaurants, including a diverse selection of ethnic cuisine, gastropubs and coffee shops, there’s a wealth of opportunity to taste something new. The restaurants, Hountz said, “have really owned this event. They’re excited, and we’re very happy for them.”

The event also features an app that will help participants navigate the menus and locations of participating restaurants.

Hountz said the story behind Johns Creek Restaurant Week is unique and “an excellent example of how business leaders can provide added value for the Johns Creek community as a whole.”

She said that corporations in Johns Creek recently approached the staff of Johns Creek Advantage, asking how they might be able to better partner with local restaurants. According to Hountz, those who worked for the corporations wanted to be able to find all of the various catering options in the area as well as places where meetings or employee appreciation events could be held.

From there, Johns Creek Advantage staff held meetings with restaurant owners, and the idea for Johns Creek Restaurant Week was born.

Maria Gabelman, co-owner of RosaMia Ristorante said she is excited to participate.

“It is nice to see Johns Creek catching up with the current times,” Gabelman said. “All of the surrounding communities have had their own restaurant weeks, and we have not been able to participate, so we are so pleased that Johns Creek Restaurant Week is finally happening.”

Hala Yassine, owner of Seven Sisters Scones echoed the remarks and said the event offers an opportunity to highlight the many types of cuisine offered within Johns Creek.

“Johns Creek does not have a town center or a ‘hub,’ so to speak, so JCRW is a way to showcase our restaurants,” Yassine said. “It is also an excellent way restaurants can give back to the community.”

Restaurants participating in the event include 1001 Nights Persian Cuisine, Abbotts Bar & Grill, Another Broken Egg, Durango Wood Fire Grill, Farmhouse Coffee & Crepes Café, Flying Biscuit, Grecian Gyro, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Kathleen’s Catch, Kozmo Gastro Pub, Mari’s Cucina and Social House, Mavericks Cantina, Mojito Café, Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant, Palomillas Grill House, Pasta Vino Italian Ristorante, Pura Enchilada Taqueria, RosaMia Ristorante Italiano, Senor Patron Mexican Restaurant, Seven Sisters Scones, Sugo and Village Burger.

For more information about Johns Creek Restaurant Week, download the free app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Johns Creek Advantage is the economic development organization for Johns Creek. It is part of a public – private partnership with the city of Johns Creek and 52 businesses. JCA is tasked with the recruitment of new businesses and the retention and expansion of current businesses.

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