Thousands of diners head downtown for Clayton Restaurant Week

Monday marked the start of the 4th Annual Summer Edition of Clayton Restaurant Week (CRW), one of the city’s most popular annual events. This year’s lineup includes 15 restaurants, each offering a special $25 or $35 three-course dinner promotion.

“You get a lot of first-time diners, a lot of people that normally wouldn’t venture into Clayton,” said Ryan Krassinger, general manager for 801 Fish.

Last year, more than 13,000 people attended CRW, spiking business up to 200 percent compared to normal July sales.

Like other participating restaurants, 801 Fish will offer special menu items just for the week. The upscale seafood restaurant will serve barramundi, an Asian sea bass, through July 16.

“Typically, our menu is $40 or $50 dollars for an entrée, and you can get three courses for $35 during Restaurant Week,” Krassinger said.

The opportunity to try high-end restaurants doesn’t stop at 801 Fish. For just $35, Herbies is offering escargots, lobster mac n’cheese, and crème brûlée as course options.

Patrons of Clayton Restaurant Week also have the option of adding a $5 donation to their bill. Contributions will benefit Operation Food Search, a St. Louis area food bank. Last year, nearly $6,000 was raised.

The promotion runs from Monday, July 10 to Sunday, July 16. For more information, visit www.claytonrestaurantweek.net.

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