Local businesses ready for Restaurant Week

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sips on the Square owner Lindsay Taylor makes a homemade pizza during lunch service at the business on Thursday. Sips is participating in this year’s Restaurant Week.

Sips on the Square owner Lyndsay Taylor makes a homemade pizza during lunch service at the business on Thursday. Sips is participating in this year’s Restaurant Week.

Six Pike County eateries are on the Alabama Restaurant Week “menu” for Aug. 16-25.

The Brick Sports Grill, Milky Moos, Sisters Restaurant, Sips on the Square, the BBQ House and The Party Pad are all participating. And there is still time for other local restaurants to take advantage of the Alabama Tourism Department’s statewide promotion.

The deadline to register for Alabama Restaurant Week is July 15. Restaurants may register online at www.alabamarestaurantweek.com.

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With only a few days remaining before the deadline, 124 restaurants across the state have signed on. Another 29 restaurants signed on for Birmingham Restaurant Week bringing the total to 153.

Participating restaurants are listed on the website with exact meal offerings. The listing is free and it’s good publicity, said Lyndsay Taylor, owner of Sips on the Square in downtown Troy.

Taylor said she is excited about the opportunity to get Sips on the Square “on the map.”

“Any time that a restaurant can it gets name out there, that’s good business,” she said. “Alabama Restaurant Week is a statewide promotion and it’s free. We are proud to have this opportunity to get our business on the map and happy to participate.”

Each participating restaurant is asked to have special meal offerings during Alabama Restaurant Week. Taylor said she will feature Sips on the Square’s homemade Taylors’ Brick Oven pizzas.

“Because this is promotion for our state, our pizzas that week will be made with foods that are produced in Alabama,” Taylor said. “They will be made with farm fresh vegetables, and some that aren’t the usual pizza ingredients.”

Taylor said diners will have a choice of perhaps, fresh cucumbers and squash, or maybe radishes or beets. She isn’t sure what the combinations will be, but said she is excited about the chance to showcase state-grown food.

Taylor said that the Alabama Restaurant Week promotion will be an incentive for restaurants to put their best dishes forward and perhaps try new things.

“Hopefully, the promotion will bring people to our restaurant,” Taylor said. “Whether it brings people from outside the area or not, it will be good to get our name out there and also Troy’s name.”

Milky Moos is known for its homemade ice cream, churned right in the shoppe. The Brick will feature its signature burgers and steaks. The BBQ House also specializes in burgers; Sisters is known for its signature banana pudding and The Party Pad bills its milkshakes as “out of this world.”

Visit the website alabamarestaurantweek.com for a complete list of restaurants participating.