York Restaurant Week shows community’s perseverance through pandemic


YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — About 40 restaurants are participating in York’s 11th Annual Restaurant Week.

This year’s event is showing how local businesses worked together and persevered through the pandemic.

The York City Independent Restaurant Association has compiled a list of businesses participating in the city’s biggest culinary celebration of the year. Many are offering special menus and items.

“It’s apple bread that we make fresh and then we cut it up and make apple bread French toast,” said Karl Spangler, the owner of Central Family Restaurant. “During Restaurant Week, we sell a ton of it.”

Spangler has been a part of the York restaurant community for about 25 years.

He says local business owners are close and came together to plan the ten-day event.

“We’ve actually been doing Zoom meetings and stuff through the whole thing,” said Spangler.

Last year’s event was right before the world shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, things are a lot different, to make sure all customers are comfortable.

“A lot of the restaurants have dine-in and takeout,” said Spangler.

Organizers say the goal of the event would usually be to position York as one of the top culinary destinations in the Midstate by increasing awareness of its vast dining options.

But this past year has been grueling for the industry.

The Restaurant Association says in 2021, it’s all about showing the community and visitors what the White Rose City can do with its hands tied.

“When places were opening up, if they needed something, we were calling each other or Facebooking each other to ask for help,” said Spangler.

Spangler says restaurants involved in the event are independently-owned, and that supporting local props up the community.

“You’re dealing with the people who own the restaurant are directly manage it, so when you come downtown you get to see us…the people right in the trenches, the people who make the restaurant go,” said Spangler. “So please come down and eat.”

York Restaurant Week runs through Sunday.

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