COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus Restaurant Week is set to begin Monday, Jan. 24, with more than 150 central Ohio restaurants participating.

From Monday through Friday, Jan. 29, restaurants will be offering special menus, with the proceeds benefiting Stop the Suffering Animal Rescue, a Columbus-based nonprofit that rescues dogs and cats in Ohio from high-kill shelters.

The participating restaurants will be offering full three-course meals at special reduced prices. For some, it will be their first Columbus Restaurant Week.

“Right now, we’re featuring some of our signature items here and I want people to really recognize what we’re doing and really showcase our food,” said John McLean, chef at Sono Wood Fired.

Alfredo Flores, owner of Casa Mezcal Mexican Grill on East Dublin Granville Road, said his restaurant could use the business and hopes the week will deliver.

“We just opened about eight months ago,” he said. “It’s slow during the week, that’s why we’re trying to invite everyone to help us.”

Casa Mezcal isn’t alone: the pandemic has hit restaurants particularly hard.

“Every business has its certain unique challenges, from supply change to people to employment, just everything and just people staying at home,” McLean said.

In addition to funds raised by participating restaurants, restaurant week organizers will also be holding two separate raffles offering three prizes: dinner for two at 10 restaurant week restaurants; six months of free car washes; and a stay at the Chalets in Hocking Hills. Each unique entry to the sweepstakes will result in a $.25 donation to Stop the Suffering.

For a list of participating restaurants, their menus, and for more details on the raffles, click here.