BUFFALO, N.Y. — Local Restaurant Week begins Monday, October 7 with more than 175 local restaurants.

The bi-annual event celebrates the important role local, independent restaurants play in contributing to Western New York's cultural identity and regional economy.

Our region's Local Restaurant Week is one of the Top 5 largest "restaurant week" promotions in the country.

From Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October 13, you can go to any participating restaurant and get deals on meals priced at $20.19, $30.19 and $40.19.

Local Restaurant Week began with just 60 restaurants in 2009, and has grown to more than 175 local restaurants.

"I am one of the founders of Local Restaurant Week so one of my restaurants was the first to participate," said Cantina Loco owner Mike Andrzejewski. "Local Restaurant Week came about because we had an idea to try to re-invigorate the local restaurant scene when it was a little quiet and slow in 2009. We wanted to try to target a new audience and get them into the local dining scene."

According to organizers, the two annual Local Restaurant Week events contribute an estimated $8 million to the regional economy.

For a list of participating restaurants, click here.

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