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Downtown restaurants ask islanders to dine local

Downtown restaurants are dishing up special deals for islanders out for a weekday bite.

Organized by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, the Dine Local Downtown promotion encourages islanders to support their local restaurants during the week when tourists aren't as common as they are on the weekends.

"Our local restaurants have some of the best food and innovative menus around. Dine Local Downtown is designed to get people out to our restaurants on a weeknight and sample terrific local fare,” said Downtown Association executive director Andrea Mackin.

"It’s also a great opportunity to try a restaurant they may not have been to," Mackin said.

Thirteen restaurants along Winslow Way, lower Madison Avenue and near the waterfront will offer special three-course dinners for $28 per person. Some restaurants are also offering a special three-course lunch for $15 as well.

The promotion is scheduled for Sunday through Thursday on March 18-22 and March 25-29.

The first reviews have been positive.

"Last night was the first night; we weren't sure how it would go but dinner time was a pretty good for a Sunday night," said Michelle Williams, general manager of Doc's Marina Grill on Madison Avenue.

Like other participating establishments, Doc's lined up a special menu for the promotion, including a prime rib dish they generally only offer on Fridays and Saturdays. The grill is also offering the lunch promotion. The menu for Doc's Dine Local promotion is posted on their Facebook page.

Dine Local Downtown is sponsored by Charlie's Produce, Columbia State Bank and Sound Reprographics. Visit the Dine Local Facebook page for more information.

Participating restaurants:

BI BBQ

Café Nola

Doc's Marina Grill

Four Swallows

Hitchcock

Local Harvest

Restaurant Marché

San Carlos

Streamliner Diner

Shima Sushi

SuBI

The Madison Diner

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