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Hungry Yorkers can satisfy their burger cravings this week with a slate of exclusive options during the second annual York City Burger Week.

Burger Week began Saturday with chefs at 14 city restaurants cooking up new concoctions in a “celebration of beef” for National Burger Month, according to a news release.

The weeklong event will run until Friday and is organized by the York City Independent Restaurant Association, the group known for coordinating Restaurant Week and other food events throughout the year.

Burger Week is run by Philip Given, YCIRA vice president and owner of York City Pretzel Co., and Meagan Feeser, chief marketing and development officer for Downtown Inc.

Given said he hopes people will come into the city throughout the week to “have a good time and eat some awesome burgers.”

The YCIRA’s food-themed events — including Restaurant Week, Burger Week and Grilled Cheese Week — “are all about getting more people into the city,” Given said, adding that burgers are a great theme for the event because they are an accessible food that everyone likes.

“Restaurants like it. Customers really like it,” Given said of the burger theme.

The events give participating restaurants opportunities to expose people to their menus and expand their customer bases, Given said.

“We use Restaurant Week and Burger Week and Grilled Cheese Week as a spotlight to shine on the restaurants that folks maybe haven’t experienced,” Given said.

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Bar Manager Ryan Mapes builds a 120 Old Fashioned, part of their 120 Signature Series cocktails, at The Left Bank in York City, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

York City Burger Week restaurants:

  • Central Family Restaurant, 400 N. George St.
  • The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar, 120 N. George St. 
  • Rockfish Public House, 110 N. George St.
  • The Handsome Cab, 106 N. George St.
  • Mudhook Brewing Co., 34 N. Cherry Lane
  • Revival Social Club, 19 N. George St. 
  • Roosevelt Tavern, 50 N. Penn St.
  • Tutoni’s Restaurant, 108 N. George St. 
  • Coomb’s Tavern, 475 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Holy Hound Taproom, 57 W. Market St. 
  • JR’s Fries at Central Market
  • Mezzogiorno at Central Market
  • Pepper’s Grille at Central Market
  • Zanelli’s at Central Market
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Special events in York City like First Friday draw people into the city and provide a boost for downtown restaurants, but YCIRA organizers want to flip the script and entice people to the city for its food scene, Given said.

Out-of-towners heading into York City over the next week will travel through a burger corridor with six participating restaurants located on North George Street.

Central Market also will be a burger hotspot until Friday, with four restaurants taking part in Burger Week.

A full list of the off-menu, Burger Week-only creations can be found here: York City Burger Week restaurants & menus

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