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Business booms during Restaurant Week

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This week is a big one for the local economy.

30 locally owned restaurants are taking part in the 4th annual Restaurant Week and some businesses say it's just the boost they've needed after all the winter weather.

Life at Cousino's Steak House is busy.

Customers are pouring in to participate in the annual event.

"It's a wonderful thing for local businesses because we need this," Eileen Cousino, Owner of Cousino's Steak House said.

The even helps bring new faces into local establishments, ultimately boosting business.

Plus, it's money that stays in the community.

"This [restaurant week] is like no other," Molly Kristof, manager at Cousino's said.  "It's a great way to get new people in and see what this restaurant is all about."

The timing couldn't be better.

Snow and bitterly cold temperatures have shuttered operations in the area more than once.

Restaurant week is making up for that lost time.

"This has been really nice for us to make a little bit of that back up, not only for the restaurant but for the employees," Cousino said.

Those across town at Burger Bar 419 are also happy to see an increase in customers, especially after all the winter weather.

"In the beginning it did really affect business," Tony House, owner of Burger Bar 419 said.  "But over time people either got used to it or got sick of it."

So far, this week has been a huge hit.

Not only do restaurants get to make a special menu but, "people see the value of what they're getting, they're getting a chance to get out, and it's going to a great cause," House said.

10% of the proceeds from the special  menu help fund Leadership Toledo youth programs.

"A program where we help people, lead, connect, grow and serve," Dave Schlaudecker, Executive Director of Leadership Toledo said.

Last year, it raised around $40,000 and the organization is hoping for another successful year, this time around.

"We want people to love this community, we want them to go out and try a place they haven't eaten," Schlaudecker said.

Restaurant week runs until Sunday March, 2nd.

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