One of the hardest hit sectors of the economy during the pandemic has been restaurants. And that's why Visit Quad Cities says this year's QC Restaurant Week, starting Monday, is more important than ever.
President and CEO Dave Herrell says this is a critical part of the local economy.
"Whether you're comfortable dining in or you're more comfortable doing a takeout option or delivery, it's all about how we can rally behind the restaurant community and support them."
Fifty restaurants are participating, with promotions and special offers.
"As a small business, typically family-owned, certainly we want to do everything from a Visit Quad Cities perspective to promote them and celebrate them, and try to get them in a position where they can survive and hopefully thrive again."
Herrell says Visit Quad Cities has set up a special website, qcrestaurantweek.com, with more information on giveaways and special events. People can submit pictures of their food from a local restaurant, and qualify for prizes including gift cards.