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Following the success of August’s inaugural Greensburg Restaurant Week, organizer Think Greensburg presents the first winter version.

There are 17 participating restaurants for the event Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, says Ashley Kertes, executive director of Think Greensburg. Many are returnees from the summer event.

All will offer a week of specially priced, three-course meals, breakfast, lunch or dinner, topping out at $35.

The special menus give local restaurateurs the opportunity to showcase their cuisine and court new customers, Kertes says. “The majority of restaurant (operators) who participated last year gave excellent feedback.”

“We wanted to do a winter event as well, but held off until we saw how the first one went. It was such a huge success,” Kertes says.

This time around, she plans to incorporate guest feedback to learn what goes well and where improvements can be made.

Individual restaurant menus will be posted on the Think Greensburg website, Kertes adds.

Tried and true, and new at The Lamplighter

The Lamplighter is participating in Greensburg Restaurant Week for the first time, after participating in Pittsburgh’s event, says Andrew Ferri, one of the restaurant’s managers.

“I think it’s a really good idea. It’s an interesting way to get the word out about what we do,” he says.

Ferri acknowledges much about the restaurant is unchanged after decades in operation.

“You can still come here and get lots of the same things you got back in 1967. That’s a lot of what makes us special, but it’s not all we do,” he says.

Ferri says many of his regular customers already are interested in and excited about the event.

The Lamplighter’s $29.20 dinner features a choice of quinoa salad or jumbo sea scallops wrapped in bacon for the first course; chicken breast roulades or roast prime rib of beef au jus for the second course; and dessert choices of hot fudge pecan ball with vanilla ice cream or flourless chocolate cake.

Wine pairings, at $15, are suggested with each course.

The restaurant is at 6566 William Penn Highway, Delmont.

Rassame’s Thai Cuisine offerings sweet and spicy

Rassame’s Thai Cuisine owner Keith King is eagerly awaiting this year’s event. The restaurant he owns with his wife Rassame King, is located at 430 Grove St., South Greensburg.

Rassame’s, which opened in 2018, is tucked away in a residential area, its “biggest hurdle,” he says. “Hopefully this will bring us some new exposure.”

For $23, Restaurant Week diners can enjoy a choice of appetizers including Thai spring roll, dumpling or crab rangoon; dinners including pineapple fried rice, pad Thai or panang curry (with a choice of tofu, chicken, pork or beef); and dessert options of Thai custard with sticky rice, fried banana with vanilla ice cream or sweet sticky rice with mango.

Vallozzi’s inclusion marks anniversary

Vallozzi’s is marking 40 years in business this year.

“My dad (founder Ernie Vallozzi) and I talked and decided on our end to kind of say thank you to the community,” general manager Dante Vallozzi says.

The restaurant’s special $35 menu features first course choices of insalata verde, fried mozzarella or crab cake ($8 supplement); second course options of ricotta gnudi, spaghetti with roasted salmon, shrimp risotto or 16-ounce New York strip ($10 supplement); with a dessert course of mini cannoli or Creamsicle panna cotta with shaved chocolate.

The restaurant is located at 855 Georges Station Road, Hempfield .

Marino’s American Eatery gives meals a pour

Marino’s American Eatery, 106 West Point Drive, Hempfield , is returning to the event after a successful week last summer.

“It’s a good chance for us local restaurants to get together and get people away from the chains and support local businesses. Last year, we were full all week,” says Josh Jones, who owns the restaurant with chef Patrick Conway.

Marino’s will offer a special menu for $27.99, including a 10-ounce draft beer or soft drink.

Choose from appetizers of jambalaya egg rolls or crayfish boil; entrees of blackened chicken breast with andouille sausage or Bourbon Street steak medallions; dessert is beignets with a whiskey caramel sauce.

Jaffre’s joins celebratory eatery line-up

Jaffre’s Restaurant will offer a $27 menu, with three choices per course.

“These are some of our most popular specials,” says Jackie Jaffre. She and her husband, Mike Jaffre, opened their restaurant at 827 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, in June 2016, relocating from nearby Youngstown.

The couple hopes to introduce former patrons and welcome new customers to their new location.

“And just to be a part of the community. We thought it was a good idea to try,” Jaffre says.

First course options are crispy polenta, artichokes Jaffre or Brussels sprouts.

Second course will include soup or salad and freshly baked bread, and features burgundy short rib, Scottish salmon or Tuscan rotini. For dessert, select from chocolate ganache, apple crisp or cannoli.

Jaffre’s is located at 827 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg.

Additional participants include:

• Bar Nine, 9 Mt. Pleasant St., Greensburg

• Brasserie du Soleil, 5274 Route 30, Hempfield

• Café Marchand, located in The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg

• DeGennaro’s Restaurant & Lounge, 1402 Broad St., South Greensburg

• The Headkeeper, 618 S. Main St., Greensburg

• J. Corks, 25 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg

• Major Stokes, 108 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg

• The Olde Spitfire Grille, 1517 Broad St., South Greensburg

• Oliver’s Pourhouse, 8 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg

• Robokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, 117 Toll House Road, Hempfield

• Sun Dawg Café, 37 N. Main St., Greensburg

• Tapped Brick Oven & Pour House, 6044 Lincoln Highway, Hempfield

Tickets are not required to participate, but reservations are recommended where accepted. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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