Amanda Hof, Executive Director, Visit Howard County

(410) 313-1904, Amanda@howardcountytourism.com
 

Visit Howard County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages

New partnership with Howard County Asian American Pacific Islander Community

 

Highlights:

  • New partnership with Howard County Asian American Pacific Islander Community

  • July 12 - 25, over thirty-five participating locations

  • Summer menus, big flavors! Find your new favorite summer dish! 

  • Restaurant Weeks Giveaway - over $500 in prizes 


HoCoRestaurantWeeks.com

Ellicott City, MD (July 8, 2021) 

 

Today, First Lady Yumi Hogan and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball joined Visit Howard County to announce the return of Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages, this year in partnership with the Howard County Asian American Pacific Islander Workgroup (AAPI) Business and Economic Development Committee. The new partnership cultivates diversity through reaching out and encouraging Asian American Pacific Islander owned restaurants to participate in the Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages promotion. 

 

Over 35 restaurants throughout Howard County will feature specialty fixed-price menus and craft beverage options for two weeks. Beverages, tax, gratuity not included, promotions, and menus and offerings vary.

For the very first time, in partnership with the AAPI community, Visit Howard County is thrilled to include the following AAPI community establishments:

 

Bonchon Columbia
ChoSun Hwaro

Han Joong Kwan 

HangAri

Honey Pig
Nan Xiang Express soup dumpling

Tous Les Jours Bakery 

Slurpin Ramen
Tiger Sugar 

UmaUma 

Yama Sushi 

Zen Garden

 

Visit Howard County is equally thrilled to announce the participation of the following familiar favorites along with several new and first-time-ever participating restaurants: 

 

Aida Bistro & Wine Bar

Bolder Food/Drink
Bonchon  Columbia

Bushel and a Peck Kitchen & Bar

ChoSun Hwaro

Clove and Cardamom

Cured/18th & 21st

EC Diner

Elkridge Furnace Inn

Galliano Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Great Harvest Bakery Cafe

Han Joong Kwan

HangAri

Honey Pig

Hudson Coastal Raw Bar & Grille

Kloby's Smokehouse

Lib's Grill Maple Lawn

Manor Hill Tavern

Nan Xiang Express soup dumpling
Neo Pizza & Taphouse
Ranazul Tapas. Wine. Bistro

Rathskeller

Slurpin Ramen

The Ale House Columbia

The Greene Turtle

The Iron Bridge Wine Co.

The Walrus Oyster & Ale House

The White Oak Tavern

Tiger Sugar

Tino's Italian Bistro

Tous Les Jours Bakery

UmaUma

Victoria Gastro Pub

Walker's Tap & Table

Yama Sushi
Zen Garden

 

Visit us online at visithowardcounty.com/howard-county-restaurant-weeks for a full list of participating restaurants. 

 

Also new for this year, Visit Howard County is spicing up Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages with over $500 worth of prizes. Beginning July 12th, Restaurant Weeks fans can enter to win restaurant gift certificates by:

  1. Following @VisitHoCoMD on Instagram 

  2. Sharing a photo of their Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages dining experience or meal on Instagram with the hashtag #hocorwcb2021

More details and full Giveaway rules can be found at https://www.visithowardcounty.com/howard-county-restaurant-weeks/giveaway/

 

“This year’s restaurant week is more special than ever, and I am so proud of the restaurants that stayed strong over the last 16 months to get through the pandemic. You display the hope of economic recovery for Howard County and the whole state of Maryland.” said First Lady Yumi Hogan. “Recognizing the diversity of Howard County through the partnership with the Asian Pacific American community is not only the first step for inclusion, but also for more growth for our local economy.”

"This summer, with our vaccination progress and record low COVID-19 cases, is the perfect time to step back out and experience everything our community has to offer – delicious food, amazing drinks, and good company," said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. "You can travel the world through the food and ambiance here in Howard County – and we’re encouraging more of our locally-owned restaurants to use the platform of restaurant weeks. Be sure to check out some of the new restaurants participating this year or visit your old favorites." 

 

“We are beyond excited and grateful for this new partnership with the AAPI Business and Economic Development Committee,” added Amanda Hof, Executive Director for Visit Howard County. “This is a wonderful beginning to better showcase Howard County’s diverse cultural culinary offerings to visitors and residents alike, especially now in light of the challenges our small business community has faced.”

 

“We are excited that Asian American Pacific Islander owned restaurants are joining other Howard County restaurants in this annual event and how it highlights the rich diversity of our community as well as the delicious options that are available,” added Larry Twele, CEO for Howard County Economic Development Authority. “The past year has been very difficult on our restaurant industry and we applaud the tenacity of the proprietors and workers who struggled and persevered through the pandemic and are now eager to host this community that enjoys eating out.”

 

“Restaurant Weeks are always great times to spend with the family while supporting Howard County small businesses”, added Leonardo McClarty, President and CEO for the Howard County Chamber. “It is even more important that we support our restaurant community this year in light of the challenges they have faced due to the pandemic. The fact that we can add Asian American restaurants is a major coup as it allows us to embrace the diversity that is Howard County.”

 

“AAPI workgroup is happy to connect local restaurant owners with Howard County Tourism so that they can benefit from the Restaurant Week Program,” added Jodie Wang, co-chair of the AAPI Workgroup Economic Development Committee. “We are grateful for Howard County Tourism’s great efforts to work with the AAPI workgroup to provide equal chances for different types of AAPI restaurants to participate.”  

 

Charley Sung, spokesperson for HangAri restaurant located at 9380 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, said the restaurant, “decided to participate in Howard County Restaurant Week to showcase its unique Korean cuisine items to the non-Korean population of Howard County,” and added, “It is particularly important to do that now because Hangari is right in the heart of what will become Koreatown. Having this section of Route 40 designated as Koreatown is very important for the large Korean-American population of Howard County as well as the many Korean restaurants in the area. It is a great opportunity for us to share our culture and heritage through food, and Restaurant Week is a great way to invite everyone to come and try true Korean comfort food at Hangari.”

 

“When we first began Howard County Restaurant Weeks 13 years ago, one of our goals was to showcase the local dining scene in Howard County to our residents. Over the years, we have continued to see growth in the number and types of restaurants and cuisines”, added Joe Barbera, proprietor for AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar. “This year, we have a large number of new restaurants representing even more and diverse cuisines. Restaurant Weeks has truly become a much anticipated twice yearly dining event in the County. I personally couldn’t be prouder of the growth and support for our restaurant scene from local residents and visitors from all over the region.”


Visit us online at visithowardcounty.com/howard-county-restaurant-weeks for a full list of participating restaurants. 

 

View photos and video from today’s press event courtesy of Howard County Government:
Photos, https://www.flickr.com/photos/hocogov/sets/72157719567827835/

Video, https://www.facebook.com/863498667044249/videos/517577246159953

 

Visit Howard County (501c6 not-for-profit) is recognized by Howard County Government and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development as the official Destination Marketing Organization for Howard County, Maryland and funded by a legislated portion of the county hotel tax, allocated through Howard County Government. Visit Howard County’s mission is to be the lead organization to market and develop the County as a premier leisure and business travel destination. 

 

www.VisitHowardCounty.com



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