Charlottetown restaurants prepare for WinterDine boost

A campaign designed to give downtown Charlottetown restaurants a boost in what is typically a slow season is about to kick off its tenth year. WinterDine begins Thursday, January 24 and will run for three weekends.

Annual promotion packs 19 city eateries over three normally-slow weekends

19 Charlottetown restaurants are taking part in the 2016 WinterDine. (WinterDine)

A campaign designed to give downtown Charlottetown restaurants a boost in what is typically a slow season is about to kick off its tenth year.

WinterDine begins Thursday, January 24 and will run for three weekends.

This year, 19 restaurants are taking part, offering a three-course meal at either $28 or $38 per person.

"WinterDine has been fabulously successful over the years," said Dawn Alan, executive director of Downtown Charlottetown Inc. "We grew this from a one-weekend event that was mediocre at best, way back when, to a full three weekends."

Alan is advising people not to wait until the last minute to book a table.

"People have learned quickly that if you don't get your restaurant reservation in early, you won't get a WinterDine seat," she said. "As a rule, the last weekend of WinterDine, some of our restaurants are turning away as many as 80 reservations."

A complete listing of the restaurants taking part this year can be found on the Downtown Charlottetown website.

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