The impending storm did not scare off New Canaan residents who wanted to kick off Restaurant Week with a bang on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Restaurant Week will run through Sept. 3 according to Tucker Murphy, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, with several restaurants in town participating with prix fixe menus at a discounted rate.

Murphy, who has been working to start the event for the past two years, said the kick off stroll was a huge success.

"The event was just amazing. It was just a great time to have it. People were home, kids were not in school yet and everyone was still in vacation mode," Murphy said. "I think a lot people felt like it was great to comeback to town for a family event, especially after the caucus and everything else happening in town during the last few months."

Murphy said the stroll attracted more than 830 people in downtown.

"It was a huge crowd," she said. "I had more than 1,000 maps to give to people and there were only a couple hundred left at the end of the night."

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As far as Tropical Storm Irene goes, Murphy said all the residents without power have been hitting all the restaurants pretty hard.

"Obviously, the people without power are eating out," she said. "I suspect there was a drop off Sunday night but all the restaurants seem to be doing well. They've got some great deals through this Saturday. So everyone should get out there and try all the great food!"