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Sep 20, 2010 9:27 PM

Arizona Restaurant Week takes over Tucson

TUCSON - For the second year Arizona Restaurant Week has taken over Tucson. This year News 4 Tucson is a sponsor. There is something for everyone, as well as most budgets.

"When they look at the menu they are going to find its going to be really difficult to decide what to eat and I think that kind of speaks for the diversity of the menu," said Acacia owner Albert Hall.

Restaurant owners says it gives the community a chance to try a new place for a great value.

"We thought it would be a good chance to get our name out there and have some new customers come in and try us out and hope that they would come back again," said OM executive chef John Kujundzich.

"We love to introduce our restaurant to new people and this is an avenue to do so, it's fantastic. We get a lot of new customers who have since become regular customers," said Pastiche owner Pat Connors.

Arizona Restaurant Week has over 40 participating locations in the Tucson area.

"We offer a fantastic 3 course meal and we don't skimp it gives our chef a chance to to kind of flex his muscles," said Connors.

"We really want to show it is what we do so that the people coming in really have a chance to get hooked and then they keep coming back and we see them a lot more," said Zinburger general manager Doug Benz.

There are 3 different price points the restaurants fall into $19, $29, and $39.

"With the economy the way it is I think people have been as frugal as they can possibly be and it gives them an opportunity to go out and maybe splurge a little bit," said Hall.

Restaurants will either feature regular items on their menu or new plates to spotlight.

"We actually decided to bump it up a little bit and do something special for restaurant week however the same flavors and presentation will always be there," said Kujundzich.

A list of prices and participating restaurants can be found at www.arizonarestaurant week.com.

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