Kin Dee is one of the new restaurants participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks this year.

One of the more anticipated days in the Houston food scene has arrived with the launch of the 2020 Houston Restaurant Weeks participant list. As of Friday, 170 restaurants and eateries have signed onto the annual event lasting August 1 through September 7, during which special prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner are offered across the city.

This marks the first Restaurant Weeks without its founder, journalist and lifestyle personality Cleverley Stone, who died May 28 at age 68. Stone's daughter Katie Stone is now leading the event that supports the Houston Food Bank, which will receive $1 for every meal sold. That $1 donation equates to three meals that the Food Bank can generate.

"I am so encouraged by the overwhelming response to Houston Restaurant Weeks 2020," said Stone. "It has been a great comfort to me to hear from so many of my mother's friends and supporters as we gear up for this year's restaurant weeks. With COVID such an obvious factor in this year’s preparation and planning, we are still very hopeful that Houston Restaurant Weeks will benefit both the restaurant industry and the Houston Food Bank."

Because COVID-19 has clamped down on the food-and-drink industry in Texas and elsewhere, Houston Restaurant Weeks is allowing eateries to offer the event menus for takeout and delivery, on top of the usual dine-in service.

The list of participating restaurants can be found here. Interesting newcomers for 2020 include Craft Pita, Kin Dee, Ouzo Bay, and Loch Bar, and the just-opened State Fare Kitchen & Bar in Sugar Land. 

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