BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Attention, foodies: the Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week is set to begin later this month.

The annual event will kick off on July 24 and run through August 2, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore said in a news release.

Due to the coronavirus, diners will see a number of changes, namely the inclusion of both sit-down and fast-casual restaurants for the first time, according to the release. Restaurants running only curbside service will also be able to participate.

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Restaurants also won’t have to offer set pricing or multiple course meals but will offer “unique deals that are not normally available.”

Topside in Mount Vernon said it will be serving up something special this year.

“We’re offering a three-course menu at a discounted rate which is allowing people to come out during this time and really enjoy elevated high-end food at a price that is very fair,” Justin Vaiciunas, Executive Chef at Topside, said.

Some foodies are already planning ahead.

“It’s always been a tradition with our family. We try our best to go to different restaurants that they’re offering during the week,” said Hampden resident Joshua Akwara.

From Hampden to Fells Point, several restaurants were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and organizers said they’re hoping restaurant week will bring back some business.

“We want as many restaurants as possible to be supported and be successful and have the opportunity to earn money,” Mike Evitts, of the Downtown Partnership, said.

So whether you dine in or take out, it’s the perfect time to support local and try something new.

“[I’m] very excited because they could’ve shut it all down, but they’re doing their best,” Akwara said.

A full list of participating restaurants and menus is set to be released later Wednesday.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Kelsey Kushner

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