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QC Restaurant Week

Local residents can help a key, local industry recover from the pandemic. For the tenth year, Visit Quad Cities is celebrating QC Restaurant Week.

President and CEO Dave Herrell says it's been a long two years for hundreds of restaurants and their employees.

"They're small businesses and the majority are family-owned and they're incredibly authentic and just a huge part of our brand."

Local restaurants are also important for tourists, and their contribution to our economy.

"When people are traveling, they're looking at a few key things and restaurants always trend very high in terms of delivering a high quality experience. So we have to make sure they're thriving and successful, because it's so key to what we do every day to market and promote our destination."

Through Tuesday, Visit Quad Cities is accepting nominations for the best restaurant employees, and so far more than 200 have been received (qcrestaurantweek.com)

Herrell says more than 60 restaurants have put together special menus and promotions for this year's QC Restaurant Week.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.