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Fairfield's 'BIG Takeout' highlights restaurants

Fourteen Fairfield restaurants will participate in “The BIG Takeout” promotion from Jan. 20-31. Residents who eat at one of the restaurants can take a photo of their receipt and be entered to win a $500 gift card. (Photo submitted)
Fourteen Fairfield restaurants will participate in “The BIG Takeout” promotion from Jan. 20-31. Residents who eat at one of the restaurants can take a photo of their receipt and be entered to win a $500 gift card. (Photo submitted)

Fairfield restaurants are preparing for their first Restaurant Week, hosted by Visit Fairfield Iowa, the city’s destination marketing organization. Called “The BIG Takeout,” Fairfield’s version of Restaurant Week has a to-go theme, allowing local food establishments to easily fit into state of Iowa mandates.

Fourteen locally owned Fairfield restaurants will be participating in this event from Wednesday, Jan 20, to Sunday, Jan. 31. While the days and hours of operation will vary depending on the establishment, local residents and visitors will have an opportunity to try something new or reconnect with a favorite eatery. Everything from burgers to tacos, soup to sushi, and salads to sandwiches will be offered.

There will be gift card prizes awarded throughout the week on the Visit Fairfield Facebook page, culminating in a grand prize of a $500 gift card to one of these restaurants. Entering the grand prize drawing is easily accomplished with screen shots of the receipts from your food purchases during restaurant Week. Every receipt you submit is another entry.

The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, Feb. 1. A list of restaurants participating in “The BIG Takeout” and details about the $500 drawing can be found at VisitFairfieldIowa.com

Visit Fairfield Iowa’s Executive Director Terry Baker said she’s been wanting to do a “restaurant week” for a long time. She said a typical restaurant week involves people coming into restaurants to try a special menu. Baker said that didn’t seem feasible now with all the COVID restrictions, so she thought of an alternative to accent takeout.

“With this, the restaurants don’t have to create all new menus,” she said.

She said January is usually a tough time for restaurants since people are reluctant to leave their homes to eat out, so this is exactly when restaurants would benefit from a promotion.

“Everyone who comes to Fairfield for tourism ends up eating out and shopping,” she said. “We want our hospitality businesses to stay as vibrant as possible so that, when travel opens up more, those amenities will be here for people to use.”