Restaurant Week in downtown Grand Junction is your chance to win a $500 gift card.

Yes, you read that correctly, I said a $500 gift card. That top prize is the incentive for you to try as many different downtown restaurants during Downtown Restaurant Week  March 6 and March 15. The more restaurants you visit, the bigger the prize you have a chance to win.

This is the third straight year downtown Grand Junction has sponsored a restaurant week promotion, and each year they change things up a bit in an effort to make the promotion as good as possible and to get as many people to participate as possible.

Here's how it works.

You start by picking up a Restaurant Week Passport beginning March 6 at any of the participating restaurants, select retail shops, or the Downtown Grand Junction office on Colorado Avenue.

During the promotion, each time you dine at one of the restaurants you get your passport stamped. At the end of the promotion, you turn your passport in for a chance to win a prize.

If you collect at least 7 stamps, you have a chance to win a $500 gift card. Collect at least 4 stamps and you have a chance to win a $200 gift card. Three stamps will get you in the drawing for a $100 gift card, and if you can only make it to one restaurant, you'll still have a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards.

Here is a list of participating restaurants.

* Be Sweet Cafe and Bakeshop
* Cafe Sol
* Dream Cafe
* Enstrom's
* Java Junction
* Main Street Bagels
* Main Street Cafe
* Bin 707 Foodbar
* Goat and Clover Tavern
* Junct'n Square Pizza
* Rockslide
* Pablo's Pizza
* Taco Party
* Fiesty Pint
* Il Bistro Italiano
* LeRouge
* The Winery

As you can see, there are lots of choices and this is a great opportunity to try some new things. Who knows,  just maybe you'll find your new favorite restaurant.

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