In spite of the challenges faced by the service industry in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Dallas Restaurant Week is returning for 2020.
The event will have a later start date than usual — beginning with Reservation Day on August 4 — and will have plenty of options for takeout dining, according to a press release. The event officially lasts from August 31 to September 6, but a select group of restaurants will offer special on Preview Weekend, from August 28-30. The official list of participating restaurants will go live, along with reservation slots, on August 4 at DFWRestaurantWeek.com.
This is the 23rd year for the event, which donates a portion of each meal purchased to the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope, a nonprofit organization that works with Tarrant County children in need. This year, those organizations have opted to take a smaller percent of the proceeds — 10% instead of 20% — so that more funds can support the participating restaurants, many of which have struggled due to COVID-19. Diners will also be encouraged to donate to the two non-profits when ordering. Many restaurants plan to extend their participating in the event through the end of September.
DFW Restaurant Week is the largest annual fundraiser for the North Texas Food Bank. This year, restaurants plan to offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus starting at $39, or two course lunch menus for $19. Overt he past two decades, the event has raised more than $10 million for the food bank and Lena Pope, including $1 million in 2019 alone.