C ity eateries curate special menus and offer deals in hopes of filling their restaurants with new and returning customers twice a year during Alexandria Restaurant Week. The event will look a little different this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 60 local restaurants will participate in Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go that will be a curbside-focused version of the biannual event. According to alextimes.com, "Restaurant Week is organized by the city’s tourism board, Visit Alexandria, to attract residents and visitors to local restaurants. That goal is critical for the upcoming Restaurant Week, as many local establishments have been struggling to keep their doors open since the novel coronavirus struck the region in March." As per alextimes.com, "When Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 30, restaurants were forced to either close or switch to pick up and delivery models. Two months later, when the region entered phase one of reopening, they were permitted to reopen for outdoor dining. Now in phase three of reopening, restaurants are allowed to be fully open for indoor and outdoor dining, so long as they adhere to physical distancing guidelines and enhanced cleaning and safety practices."