Brooklyn Park announced its fist “Restaurant Week,” where it will feature five of the city’s more than 100 restaurants from Sept. 9-13.

Five participating restaurants will give away a $25 gift card to customers who participate in the city’s social media contest, which will occur throughout the week. Each of these five restaurants will be featured on the city’s social media to highlight the variety of foods that are available in the city. The social media campaign will include short stories, videos, short articles and prizes.

“We have more than 100 restaurants here, a lot of them are authentic, we have a lot of ethnicities here, and a lot of these restaurants are mom and pop shops so they also don’t necessarily have a marketing budget,” said Camille Hepola, communications manager. “If you don’t live in Brooklyn Park, I don’t think people realize all the amazing restaurants that we have here.”

For the five days of Restaurant Week, five restaurants were selected for highlighting: El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, Fat Nat’s Eggs, Milah’s Royal Bistro, Cajun Deli, and Mi-Sant Banh Mi Co.

Additionally, The Brooklyn at Edinburgh USA will offer a two-course, $14 lunch special and a three-course, $28 dinner menu.

“Everyone wants restaurants, and now it’s time to start eating at them, otherwise they don’t stay in business,” Mayor Jeff Lunde said. “I think that there’s something special with the number of restaurants [we have].”

The campaign will be featured on the city’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“There are only five days in a week, so we chose five restaurants that show the breadth of Brooklyn Park’s restaurant scene. However, we plan to spotlight many of our other restaurants in a different way,” Lunde said.

Other restaurants may be featured on the city’s newsletter or website, among other efforts.

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