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      Winter weather impacts Restaurant Week

      A record-setting winter has been a challenge during Restaurant Week in Toledo for dining establishments to attract new customers.

      A portion of 10 percent of all profits go to the educational mission of non-profit Leadership Toledo. It's also a chance for establishments to grow their clientele. "It's been good. It's been a little slower than the past four years," explained Sue Meadows, co-owner of Capers Restaurant and Bar in South Toledo.

      Meadows said the warmer weekend last week attracted more people out to restaurants . " I think the last weekend when it warmed up, you could see a big change. Business increased so much, so people are ready to get out and do things," added Meadows.

      O n the Old West End, Black Kite Coffee and Pies is new to restaurant week. "Today has been the coldest day, it's also been the slowest day too. So, there's a correlation. We've tracked that pretty consistently throughout the winter. Last Saturday was a beautiful day and we were packed," explains Kristina Latta, manager of Black Kite Coffee and Pies.

      The restaurant says since restaurant week started, new customers have visited.

      I t's the same story for another addition to restaurant week , Avenue Bistro on Central Avenue. But, even old man winter has turned down the heat in this kitchen, "with the level 3 and level 2's, nobody goes out. But it is what it is. But, you have to work through it," said Chef Aaron Shirey of Avenue Bistro.

      Thirty restaurants throughout northwest Ohio are participating in restaurant week. It runs until March 2.