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Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks to Dish Out Record Number of Restaurants

Monday, February 2, 2015

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The most popular winter dining event in Downtown Syracuse returns in two weeks. To the delight of diners, Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks begins President’s Day, Monday, February 16 and continues through Sunday, March 1. Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks is presented by Renzi Foodservice and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. Now in its 11th year, Dining Weeks is recognized as the mid-winter celebration of Downtown Syracuse restaurants. This year, 27 restaurants - the most to participate to date - will dish out three courses for $25 or less. There are six new restaurants, including one that is opening this week.

This year’s event showcases the unique dining variety of Syracuse’s city center. Whether you’re craving Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Cajun, Irish, Mexican, Thai, Pan American, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, or Tapas— your taste buds will find all options represented across Dining Weeks menus.

"Renzi Foodservice is proud and excited to sponsor Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks in its 11th year,” said Lisa Renzi Lazore, Renzi Foodservice regional sales manager. “Our commitment to service our customers, especially in Syracuse and surrounding communities, is the cornerstone to our “Delivering the Difference” philosophy. Renzi’s is one of the largest family-owned and operated foodservice distribution companies in Central New York, with a tradition of being flexible to the ever-changing needs of businesses. We are thankful to be a contributing part of the communities we service and to be sponsoring this great event this year.”

“As the Downtown Committee of Syracuse celebrates its 40th Anniversary year, we are so excited for this year’s Dining Weeks event that highlights Downtown Syracuse’s unique, unparalleled cuisine,” said Merike Treier, Downtown Committee of Syracuse executive director. “With six new restaurants participating, we hope the community will join us to sample new flavors throughout our city center.  The diversity of downtown’s businesses, like the 27 restaurants featured during Dining Weeks, helps make Downtown Syracuse the vibrant destination it is today. Whether you’re trying a new restaurant for the first time, or returning to an old favorite, Dining Weeks is a great time to experience the exciting new development happening downtown.”

Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks receives additional support from Bistro Èlèphant Steakhouse, Empire Brewing Company, Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub, Lemon Grass, Pastabilities, Small Plates, Ommegang Brewery, and T.J. Sheehan Distributing.

Fun Facts to Chew On:

  • Six restaurants are new to Downtown Dining Weeks: Bamboo House, Byblos Bar & Grill, Funk ‘n Waffles, LoFo, Maxwell’s, and Modern Malt – which is opening this week. 
  • Five of the 27 participating restaurants were part of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse’s first-ever Dining Week in 2005: Bull & Bear Pub, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub, The Mission, and Pastabilities.
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub, and Pastabilities have participated in Downtown Dining Week(s) every year since 2005.
  • Restaurants from five Downtown Syracuse neighborhoods are represented: Armory Square, Cathedral Square, Clinton Square, the Convention District, and Hanover Square.
  • To eat at all 27 restaurants during Downtown Syracuse Dining Weeks, you would have to visit 1.9 each day.

Read through the menus of participating restaurants to plan your Dining Weeks experience.  

Participating Restaurants: 

317 at Montgomery   

317 Montgomery St.


Ale 'N Angus Pub

238 Harrison St.


Bamboo House

252 W. Genesee St.


Bistro Elephant Steakhouse

238 W. Jefferson St.


Bittersweet Wine Bar & Desserts

127 W. Fayette St.


Black Olive Mediterranean Taverna

250 S. Clinton St.


Bull & Bear Pub

125 E. Water St. 


Byblos Bar & Grill

316 S. Clinton St.


Byblos Mediterranean Cafe

223 N. Clinton St. 


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

246 W. Willow St. 


Empire Brewing Company 

120 Walton St.


Funk n' Waffles

307 S. Clinton St.


Indian Tandoor

232 Harrison St. 


Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub

301 W. Fayette St.


Lemon Grass

232 W. Jefferson St. 



214 Walton St. 



122 E. Genesee St. 


The Mission

304 E. Onondaga St. 


Modern Malt 

325 S. Clinton St.



215 Walton St. 


Otro Cinco 

206 S. Warren St. 



311 S. Franklin St. 


Prime Steakhouse 

101 E. Water St.


Sakana-Ya Sushi Bar

215 Walton St.


Small Plates 

116 Walton St. 


Syracuse Suds Factory 

320 S. Clinton St.


Tang Flavor 

413 S. Warren St. 


About Renzi Foodservice

Started as a Fresh Meat and Frozen Seafood distributor in 1977 by Roy and Michael Renzi in Watertown, Renzi Foodservice has grown into one of the largest family-owned and operated food service companies in Northern and Central New York. Renzi Foodservice delivers to businesses all over the northeast.  As a nationally branded manufacturer distribution house, Renzi Foodservice continues to set the industry standard by providing superior personal interaction and service to customers at every level. For more information, visit www.renzifoodservice.com.

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