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Starting Thursday, participating restaurants will offer special new menu items, for a limited time only.

COURTESY PHOTO: WILDER PROJECTS - First Street Taqueria, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Beaverton, is participating in Beaverton Restaurant Week.Portland has long been considered the spot for independently owned restaurants to prosper and thrive.

However, in recent years, Beaverton has developed its own unique restaurant scene, making it stand on its own as a dining destination.

Over the past five years, Beaverton has encouraged new, independently owned restaurants to open up in the downtown area, with new spaces and city-run events that offer an affordable and publicly accessible venue for up and coming restaurants to gain traction.

With several new restaurants popping up around the downtown area, Beaverton economic development project coordinator Rachel Thieme said, "We wanted to do something to promote our diverse dining district."

In 2017, Beaverton city officials decided to create a citywide event called Beaverton Restaurant Week, after hosting a brainstorming session with city employees and some of Beaverton's new restauranteurs about developing an event to promote the local food economy.

COURTESY PHOTO: MICHELLE BAUER PHOTOGRAPHY - Du Kuh Bee, which serves up spicy Korean dishes, is one of the eateries participating in Beaverton Restaurant Week this year.During Beaverton Restaurant Week, participating restaurants create a special menu items offered only during the special week, and the city promotes those restaurants. The first Restaurant Week was held in 2017.

"It's a fun way to encourage people to come out and try some of the diverse dining options that Beaverton has to offer," Thieme said.

Restaurant-owners and the local food economy aren't the only ones to benefit from the event.

This year, participants who eat out at participating restaurants and snap a photo of their food with the hashtag #BeavertonRestaurantWeek for Instagram will have a chance to win a $25 gift card for one of the participating restaurants.

Now in its third year, Beaverton Restaurant Week, in partnership with Beaverton Downtown Association, has 44 participating restaurants this year, including past participants excited to offer new menu items, as well as recently opened restaurants like Karver Sandwich Bar and old favorites like Korean restaurant Du Kuh Bee.

With such a range of cuisines, Thieme said, "Whatever you are into, whether it's Mexican food, Thai food or dive bars, you can find it on our list of participating restaurants."

If you and your friends can't agree on one spot, but you still want to support local restaurant owners consider taking your group to LaScala Food Hall or the newly opened BG Food Cartel.

Since its opening in 2016, LaScala Food Hall has been home to seven unique restaurants. People who visit have options from German beer and dining offered by Vault to authentic street tacos at La Jarochita.

All seven restaurants under LaScala Food Hall's roof are participating in Beaverton Restaurant Week, so even if you're dining with a picky or indecisive group, each person can find an item to satisfy their taste buds.

However, for those looking for even more variety, in 2018, Beaverton opened up BG Food Cartel, the city's first food cart pod, featuring over 30 independently owned vendors. Located right across from the Beaverton Central Max station, BG Food Cartel has steadily gained recognition for the variety of cuisines offered and the spot's welcoming atmosphere, making it another ideal location to bring big groups of people wanting to celebrate Beaverton Restaurant Week.

Beaverton Restaurant Week starts this Thursday, Sept. 26, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 6. There are participating restaurants throughout central Beaverton.

For a list of participating restaurants and a map, visit the Beaverton Restaurant Week website.


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