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Upcoming Cape & Islands Fairs and Festivals

Nantucket Restaurant Week • September 28 – October 4

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Instead of one night out at your favorite island restaurant, how about an entire week? During Nantucket Restaurant Week, held Monday, September 28, to Sunday, October 4, more than 35 participating restaurants across the island will offer discounted meal prices, fun new menu options and more, giving diners lots, from which to choose.

“The week is a great reason to get out to Nantucket before Columbus Day when a number of our seasonal restaurants close up for the winter,” says Orla Murphy-LaScola, one of the event’s sponsors and a co-organizer. “It is a nice thank you to our guests on Nantucket for their support the rest of the year or season.”

Participating restaurants will offer three-course meals at discounted prices ranging from $35 to $45. In addition, many of the restaurants try out new dishes or other concepts at this time, showcasing their cooking staff’s talents. For example, Murphy-LaScola’s restaurant, The Proprietors Bar & Table, at 9 India Street, will feature wine pairings with vintages from Nantucket wineries.

Murphy-LaScola says Restaurant Week offers a great opportunity for diners to stop in at traditional island favorites, such as Straight Wharf or Topper’s at the Wauwinet, or try out a new location such as 29 Fair Street Inn.

In addition to benefiting local establishments, Murphy-LaScola says the weeklong event is intended as a way to boost island tourism during the fall. Nantucket, of course, draws countless visitors during the warm summer months but when the season comes to an end, tourism wanes. Restaurant Week provides local businesses of all kinds with one final pre-winter boost. “The event helps to fill guest houses on a week that was historically a very quiet week,” Murphy-LaScola says, adding that year after year, innkeepers and hoteliers have expressed their appreciation for the event.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and information on how to make reservations, visit

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