TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — In the middle of a slow winter and a sluggish economy, the restaurant business in Baltimore County is slow.

Gigi Barnett explains county leaders have a plan to boost reservations.

Patty Ehoff knows how to run a restaurant, but shortly after the holidays the busy season slows down.

“It’s like somebody slammed the brakes on because everybody was shopping for Christmas and they’ve got all of these bills they’re anticipating,” said Ehoff.

Ehoff owns Razorback’s Raw Bar and Grill in Towson, but she may soon see a big boost in reservations.

This week, Baltimore County executives unveiled a tasty plan to lure customers back.  They are rolling out two weeks of Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week.

Ehoff quickly placed her restaurant on the list. It’s the first-ever Baltimore County-supported Restaurant Week.

The backings keep the Razorback’s kitchen cooking and staff working.

When it comes to drawing a crowd at restaurants, Baltimore County does pretty well. Last year, restaurants in the county brought in more than $1 billion in sales. That’s second statewide behind Montgomery County.

Montgomery County restaurants sold more than $1.5 billion of food last year.

Comments (15)
  1. Bill says:

    This article would have been more informative if it provided some details about “the plan to lure customers back.” Discounts? Special menu? Two for one?

  2. Irv says:

    What exactly is the County doing?

  3. Mary says:

    Yes…I agree, just exactly what are the incentives? You need incentives in order to draw the crowds to eat out, the title itself means nothing, who would give a hoot that it is “winter restaurant week”.

    1. Jonathan Francis says:

      amen… if they start talking extended happy hours, and half off appetizers…..that’ll bring some incentive..

  4. Ken says:

    My sentiments exactly. Personaly I like the book that has the 2fer coupons Costs $25, but you get bargains.

  5. Laura says:

    Restraurant Week provides customers of participating restraurants a pre-fix price menu. The customer chooses one item from each catagory, Appitizer, Main Entree and then Dessert for a fixed price. The Grill at Harryman House in Resiterstown is offering their menu for $35.11. That is quite a steal for 3 courses! I can’t wait to see what other restraunts are offering.

  6. jolee says:

    restaurant week????
    what the HECK is it going to be???
    this is a terrible article
    I know less after reading it

    1. JK says:

      Restaurant week is a week when participating restaurants offer a 3 course meal to patrons at a discounted price. It allows customers to try out different restaurants without the huge bill. There is a list of participating restaurants on-line.

  7. steve says:

    found the websit : — there was little information about the promotions. The individual websites didn’t have the information the restaurant week website indicated. I usually visit a new restaurant or two with the City Rest. Week but I’m skipping this whole thing for the county.

  8. Kassandra Doll says:

    i agree with steve. the city’s restaurant week is closer to kid’s activities and i use the opportunity to introduce my son to new foods and take him to museums etc.

  9. pigeon says:

    Thanks Steve. I’m going to the website and learn what this article didn’t tell. Now I’ll know “the rest of the story”.

  10. Dianne says:

    If you go to the website that was shared and click on ‘menu’ for each restaurant, it will show what their specials are. Not so sure how special they are, but there you go…

  11. Bill says:

    Thanks Steve for providing the website address. I am surprised that the journalist omitted this info or any substantial details about the promotion. Restaurant WEEK appears to be a misnomer since the website states it takes place from January 14-28, 2011, a period of 14 days!

  12. says:

    This is a great event and we have been happy to support it.

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