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A veteran of California's food-and-beverage scene, Katie Doherty is such a firm believer in prix-fixe promotions that she last year asked Seattle Restaurant Week

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Tacoma Celebrates First-Ever Restaurant Week

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A veteran of California's food-and-beverage scene, Katie Doherty is such a firm believer in prix-fixe promotions that she last year asked Seattle Restaurant Week organizers whether her Gig Harbor restaurant could be added to the annual event's roster.

Doherty, manager of Brix 25, was turned away. But this year she's readying to serve a Caesar salad, clam fettuccine and crème brulee for $25 in conjunction with Tacoma's first-ever Restaurant Week.

"We're excited," Doherty says of the promotion, spearheaded by the Weekly Volcano. "Response has been fabulous."

Restaurant Week, which runs Sunday through Thursday, started last night, and will repeat next week. All 25 participating restaurants are offering $25 three-course menus, and many of the restaurants are also offering $15 three-course lunches, giving locals and Seattle residents a chance to affordably explore Tacoma's culinary scene.

Participating restaurants include Stanley & Seafort's, The Lobster Shop South and El Gaucho. Although its sister restaurant Aqua is participating in Seattle Restaurant Week, Seatttle eaters set on El Gaucho's wedge salad, flaming tenderloin brochette and chocolate ganache will have to make the trip to Tacoma.

BITE Restaurant and Bar's general manager Stan Kott told the Weekly Volcano that a three-course meal at his Hotel Murano dining room would typically cost $40. The savings help draw a younger-than-usual crowd to Brix 25, Doherty adds.

"It brings a demographic we don't usually have," she says.

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