By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — When does a week actually last 16 days? That would be during Baltimore County’s Restaurant “Week,” which started Friday and goes through August 20.

Restaurants like Cafe Troia in Towson and Pappas in Cockeysville — where Oprah dined just a few weeks ago after putting their famous crabcakes on her “Favorite Things” list last year — are getting busy.

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In total, 68 eateries are participating, offering special menus and pricing.

“I think, for the restaurant, the greatest thing is to build new relationships,” says Pappas managing partner Justin Windle. “People come through the door during restaurant week here at Pappas, hopefully they enjoy their experience and then they’ll come back.”

He says customers get a three-course meal for a lower-than-normal price, and that includes dessert.

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“You’re making people happy,” says Pappas executive chef Carlos Zea. “That’s so important. People come with their families, they come to the restaurant and have a good time, and a good meal and they enjoy that.”

“Whether it’s the summer or winter version of restaurant week, it always brings in new business,” says Lisa Troia Martin, owner of Cafe Troia.

“We get people who say, ‘This is an opportunity for us to come in and try the restaurant,’ they know it’s going to be a set price, and they’re comfortable with that. They like coming in. It’s a win, win, win.”

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