SUISUN CITY — The doors had only been open a few minutes at Pane e Vino and Heidi Burke, who manages the Italian restaurant, was seating her first customers of the evening.
Sunday marked the end of Restaurant Week in Suisun City and Vacaville. About a dozen restaurants participated in each city.
“It gives people a no-risk dining (experience),” Burke said of the event. During Restaurant Week, Pane e Vino sees a 20- to 25-percent of increase in traffic, she said.
In Suisun City, restaurants offered their regular fare as well as some special dishes with a set price. The decision was a tough one for Pane e Vino diners Monica and Jim Fraser, who had been there before. Accompanying the Suisun City residents were their son John Fraser and his girlfriend, Jennifer Essex of Sacramento.
“They are not usually open on Sundays,” Monica Fraser said. The timing was perfect as they had company. John Fraser said his parents have told him about the restaurant, touting the food and its staff and owners.
“I like supporting the local business,” Jim Fraser said. He and his wife also dine at the Cast Iron Grill & Bar in Suisun City.
Burke said she supports anything that brings more diners into Suisun City. This year, she said she’s noticed more diners from Sacramento and the Bay Area.
While diners can sample some new fare, it also gives Pane e Vino an opportunity to see what might be a good addition to the menu. Last year, diners raved about the salads, Burke said. Now, they are part of the entree, she said.
The restaurant opened Sunday just for Restaurant Week because Burke saw the demand for an extra night during the 2012 Restaurant Week.
It will resume its usual operating days of Monday through Saturday, on Monday.
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