Editor's note: The Town of Killington is
compiling an official report on the success of Restaurant Week
Sept. 10-16, which will be published next week in The Mountain
Times. In the meantime, we spoke with a few restaurant owners and
got their feedback.
KILLINGTON-Restaurant Week seems to have been a success; parking
lots were full and so were belly's having devoured three-courses
meals for $20 or $30.
Killington's first Restaurant Week was based on successful
Restaurant Weeks around the country and around the world. The idea
was to promote the town's diverse dining scene regionally to
customers who might not otherwise come to Killington for a night
out. Before the event started, Suzie Dundas, director of the
Killington Office of Economic Development and Tourism said,
"Restaurants will be promoted by the Town to potential guests
within a 40-minute drive, which we hope will help businesses gain
returning customers throughout the rest of the year."
Murray McGrath, owner of McGrath's Pub at the Inn at Long Trail
said "The event went great, it was a success and I really hope they
decide to do it again next year. A lot of people came up from
Rutland and other towns especially for Restaurant Week."
Sean Miller, who is the Chef at Casey's Caboose felt the same way.
"Restaurant Week was a great way to attract locals, especially from
Rutland and Mendon who have come out to eat in Killington. It is
also a wonderful way to showcase a specialty menu at an affordable
price," Miller said.
The owner of Peppino's, Louie Illiano had similar praise for
Restaurant Week. Illiano said that the bargain was just too
good to pass up and "it was enticing and customers jumped on the
deal. I had customers from far away come to Peppino's. People
traveled from Middlebury and Clarendon just because it was
Restaurant Week. It exposed us to so many more people in the area,
and I have at least 15 new customers as a result of Restaurant
All in all, it seems like the promotion achieved the goals it
outlined: attract a local crowd who will become loyal customers and
generate some business to coincide with the beginning of the fall
foliage season. The town is in the process of conducting an
official survey of the Week's success and hopes to build upon the
first year's success in the future.