Denver Restaurant Week starts Saturday

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DENVER -- It's become a foodie tradition.

Denver Restaurant week returns on Saturday, offering three course meals for one low price, but there are some changes this year that appear to be making it easier to find a table.

Restaurant Week runs just seven days from Feb. 22 to 28.

LINK: Denver Restaurant Week Menu

In recent years the popularity of the program allowed organizers to expand DRW to two weeks, but VISIT DENVER President and CEO Richard Scharf said "14 continuous days of business is just too much of a strain, both for chefs and wait staffs."

Instead, organizers moved the second week to August (23-29) so restaurants can showcase summer menus.

The price of the menu also went up this year. Instead of the catchy $52,80 price for two, the price is $30 per person.

The kitchen of the Black Pearl Restaurant was busy getting ready for DRW Friday night.

Chef Samir Mohammad said he would cook 60 pounds of shrimp and 75 pounds of beef.

Early indications are that the higher price has thinned out some usual DRW customers so getting a reservation will be easier. A poll conducted Friday of the 314 restaurants participating found 178 have availability Saturday.

"We're usually all booked by now, for both the weeks," said Gene Tang, the owner of 1515 Restaurant. "Other than the weekends, the weekdays are a little bit slower for us."

"We get a lot of cancellations from people who try to make reservations for many different restaurants, and if you call that day there's a good chance you might be able to get in," said Black Pearl's General Manager Jeremy Stevens.

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