AUSTIN (KXAN) — Over the course of the next two weeks, when you dine out at certain restaurants across Austin, you can help benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. It’s all part of a revamped Austin Restaurant Weeks that runs from Aug. 16 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3. 

In the past, Austin Restaurant Week was run by a third party, but this is the first time Austin Restaurant Weeks (ARW) will benefit the largest food bank in the region. 

The new fundraiser, similar to the model implemented in Houston and Dallas, features dozens of bars and restaurants that will offer prix fixe meals and drinks. During the event, a portion of the cost of each prix fixe meal will go directly to the Central Texas Food Bank.

The new ARW has restaurants that are offering prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. The restaurants range from mainstays like La Condesa to newcomers like Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar.

Participating restaurants will be offering one or more of the following options during the event:

  • A 2-3 course lunch priced at $25
  • A 3-4 course dinner priced at either $35 or $45
  • Some establishments will also be offering an $8 cocktail option or $6 beer option.

“We’re delighted that so many area businesses have come together to help fight hunger by participating in Austin Restaurant Weeks,” said Mark Jackson, chief development officer of the Central Texas Food Bank. “Austin is not only a great food city, it’s also a very caring city.”