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Arizona Restaurant Week returns for spring 2022

Friday marked the start of Arizona Restaurant Week, a 10-day event where eateries across the state encourage patrons to try new places and menu items.

Arizona Restaurant Association President Steve Chucri says the long-running event has helped grow local businesses.

“We’re almost hitting 20 years of having Arizona Restaurant Week, and we’re so proud of that. The restaurants keep, really just, growing and expanding, not only in number of locations, but also in their culinary offerings,” said Chucri.

Chucri says the event is also a quick financial boost for restaurants.

“It’s that shot in the arm of business, as we go into our quieter season of the year, into our summer months,” said Chucri.

Arizona Restaurant Week runs through May 29 and currently lists 126 participating restaurants.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.