Pawtucket Times: A World of Flavors in One Square Mile

Central Falls officials and local restaurateurs promote upcoming Restaurant Week

CENTRAL FALLS — You can sample a world of flavors within the single square mile of Central Falls, and city officials joined local restaurateurs on Monday afternoon to promote the upcoming Restaurant Week.

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With a diverse array of restaurants representing cultures and countries from around the world, the main thoroughfares of the city – Dexter and Broad streets – are known for offering a unique sample of tastes that makes the city a United Nations of food.

Participating in Restaurant Week are establishments that feature and celebrate Mexican, Portuguese, Colombian, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Cape Verdean, and American fare. In Central Falls during Restaurant Week, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, breakfast and lunch specials will be $7.99 and dinner specials will be $9.99 at the participating restaurants.

As of Monday, the list of restaurants participating in Central Falls’ Restaurant Week include: El Gallo De Oro, 3 Amigos, La Herradura Taqueria Mexicana, Taqueria Lupita, La Milonga Bar, Mimi & Pop’s Ice Cream Shop, Café Restaurant Beirao, La Casona Restaurant, La Sorpresa Restaurant, El Paisa, El Antojo, Tienda Alinary, Chikondi Café, Stanley’s Famous Hamburgers, Village Pizza, Restaurant Montecristo, El Salvadoreno Restaurant, Costa Del Sol Restaurant, La Palencianita Bakery Food, Georgia’s Family Restaurant, Sparky’s Restaurant, and Vanderley Coffee Restaurant.

Sandra Cano, vice president of community development at Navigant Credit Union – which played host to the gathering of restaurant owners, said Restaurant Week showcases the “great, unique features … We pride ourselves on being different than any other restaurant week in the state.”

Among the restaurants represented on Monday were Subway, Mimi & Pop’s Ice Cream Shop, Stanley’s Famous Hamburgers, Chikondi Café, La Casona Restaurant, and La Sorpresa Restaurant.

Gerardo Reyes, owner of Chikondi Café, said he was excited to have his shop represented in Restaurant Week for the second straight year.

“It was good,” he said of the last year’s celebration. “Since I’m a new business, it was good for promoting my business. It’s great for customers to know about Chikondi. I got a lot of new customers that became regulars.”

The lunch special that Chikondi will feature during Restaurant Week will be a ham or turkey sandwich with chips and a medium drink.

Daniel Barzykowski of Mimi & Pop’s Ice Cream Shop will also be participating in Restaurant Week for the second year. He said he “definitely had an uptick” in patronage during last year’s event.

“As a new business, it helps promote you to a new target audience. We saw new customers come in and they’d come back,” he said.

During Restaurant Week, Mimi & Pop’s will feature a lunch special that includes a free slush drink with the purchase of any of the five “Hometown Classic” sundaes, which are named after historic landmarks across Central Falls.

Mayor James A. Diossa said the fact that Restaurant Week is now in its fifth year in Central Falls “shows just how committed the city is to highlighting its restaurants. The fact that it has grown is a testament that we value our cultural and cuisine diversity.”

“We want to showcase Central Falls and all of your restaurants and the foods we have to offer,” Diossa told the business owners. The food offered, he continued, is “very particular to our city and not easily found around the state.”

Just over the city line into Pawtucket, that city’s Restaurant Week will be the following week – from Sept. 3 through 9 – featuring upwards of 40 eateries.

Both the Central Falls and Pawtucket Restaurant Weeks are through a partnership with the cities, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, the Pawtucket Foundation, and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, visit:

www.centralfallsri.us/restaurantweek

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Jonathan Bissonnette - Pawtucket Times
jbissonnette@pawtuckettimes.com


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