The primary Southern Indiana Burger Week begins on Monday | information
NEW ALBANY – A number of restaurants in Southern Indiana will serve burger specials paired with craft cocktails next week in a new program designed to help local businesses.
Board & You Bistro & Wine Bar and Perfectly Planned Kentuckiana Collaborate to Launch Southern Indiana Burger Week. The opening event, titled “Burgers, Brews and Boos,” will take place Monday October 12 through Sunday October 18.
The week features 10 restaurants in southern Indiana, including stores in New Albany, Jeffersonville, New Washington, and Corydon. Maker’s Mark is one of the sponsors of the event, and the participating restaurants serve cocktails made with spirits from the distillery.
Participating restaurants include Pints & Union, Brooklyn & The Butcher, RecBar 812, Portage House, The Exchange Pub & Kitchen, Board & You Bistro, Boomtown Kitchen, The 1894 Lodge, Union Restaurant & GameYard, and 1816 Modern Kitchen.
Zack Flanagan, co-owner of Board & You Custom Charcuterie and Board & You Bistro in New Albany, said that after seeing the success of Louisville Burger Week, they wanted to bring something similar to southern Indiana, but with a few tweaks.
He wants the week to help restaurants in southern Indiana meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike Louisville Burger Week’s discounted pricing, the burgers at participating restaurants will be sold at full price to help businesses, Flanagan said.
“The food industry was arguably one of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic and we didn’t want to create anything with discounted products – they are sold at full price in the restaurants and there is the added benefit for the customer because we have that Cocktail experience added with Southern Indiana Burger Week, ”he said.
A portion of the proceeds from Southern Indiana Burger Week will go to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. Julia Anderson, Director of Marketing at Board & You, said anyone can pick up a “passport” that must be stamped at a participating restaurant during Burger Week, and once they have at least three stamps they can hand in the passport to any of the participating companies Restaurants.
Individuals who purchase at least three of the burger or cocktail specials, or both, enter to win a Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour or $ 250 in gift cards. Southern Indiana Burger Week will also feature a social media contest at the end of the week to choose the best cocktail.
Anderson hopes the week will bring more foot traffic to downtown New Albany as businesses face the loss of the Harvest Homecoming festival.
“Since there isn’t as much foot traffic without Harvest Homecoming as the booths usually happen around that time, we wanted to bring something positive to the area and get everyone to go out,” said Anderson.
Flanagan opened the Board & You Bistro in downtown New Albany this summer amid the pandemic, and both the bistro and charcuterie stores have a huge following on social media. He wants to use his platform to help other companies in the community.
“I want to share this gift we received in Southern Indiana and help keep all restaurants in Southern Indiana safe and well-being. It is very important to give something back to the community that has given us so much. “
To learn more about the food and cocktail specials on offer during Southern Indiana Burger Week, visit the Southern Indiana Burger Week Facebook page: Burgers, Brews and Boos.