Chagrin Valley Restaurant Week begins Monday with 22 establishments vying for diners’ attention with special menus and prices that will keep diners busy and well fed straight through Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 7.
The inaugural event last year drew 14 restaurants and was so successful that when the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce announced it for this year, eight more restaurants joined, chamber executive secretary Molly Gebler said.
The chamber decided to celebrate restaurants because the Chagrin Valley has the best restaurants around serving the best food around, Mrs. Gebler said.
“We decided to take a week and highlight the best,” she said. “Each has been asked to share their best dish at an attractive price as an exclusive invitation to everyone to enjoy amazing menus from the best restaurants in the Chagrin Valley at an unbelievable discount . . . Everyone should care about that because it is going to be kind to your wallet and everyone likes a real value, right?”
Special will include BOGO (buy one get one free), buy one get one half off and $20, $30 and $40 specials on three-course dinners, with some dinners including a bottle of wine.
Chagrin Valley restaurants participating are: Burntwood Tavern, Casa Roja, Cibo Homemade Pasta & Grille, Cowboy, Crooked River BBQ & Beer, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Gamekeepers Taverne, Grove Hill, Hyde Park, Jekyll's Kitchen, M Italian, ML Tavern, North Main Diner, Paninis, Rick's Café, Sara's Place, The Shack, Thorncreek Winery & Gardens, Village Martini & Wine Bar, Welshfield Inn, Yours Truly and Zeppe’s of Bainbridge.
She also pointed out that these places have amazing staffs, well-appointed dining rooms -- some with fireplaces and others with a view or in gorgeous locations.
“If you are one of those people who have ever said ‘Gee, I’ve been meaning to try that restaurant,’ now is the time,” she said.
Rick’s Café owner Alec Singer said signing up for a second year was an easy decision. This is not the time of year restaurants thrive due to the cold and winter vacations, he said.
“We actually saw an increase in business during restaurant week,” he said.
The Chagrin Falls restaurant will celebrate its 40th birthday this year, giving Rick’s a chance to acquaint new patrons with its seafood dishes as well as legendary burgers and ribs.
Just down Main Street, Restaurant Week gives Yours Truly Restaurant a chance to “offer something special to our loyal guests, while supporting the chamber and the Chagrin Valley that we adore,” said Dixie Singer, the restaurant’s Chief Financial Officer and who is married to Alex Singer.
Yours Truly will promote some featured entrees that she said guests might not have tried as well as the prize-winning homemade family recipe hummus.
Restaurant Week includes Welshfield Inn in Troy Township where Bob Petersen is general manager of the inn and banquet center, which is famous for fresh cinnamon rolls baked daily from the 1940s when Brian and Polly Holmes owned it.
“We decided to participate in restaurant week because we see it as an opportunity to put our best foot forward and hopefully convert some first time guests into frequent or regular diners and anytime our staff can get the opportunity to demonstrate our real life hospitality we get excited,” he said.
Chagrin Valley Restaurant Week includes a special drawing. Diners are asked to save their receipts and go to the chamber’s website at www.cvcc.org. Then plug in the information and fill out the survey.
Those responding will be entered in a contest to win gift certificates and the grand prize of $600, which will be awarded as 12, $50 gift cards, enough to dine out once a month for a year.
On Feb. 1 at 8 a.m., Restaurant Week will be highlighted on the FOX 8 TV morning show segment of Kickin’ It With Kenny from Grove Hill Restaurant and featuring Gamekeepers Taverne, Welshfield Inn and Flemings restaurants.
Also on Feb. 1, the chamber will host a special dinner for sponsors Poultry Pro, Chagrin Falls Safeway Tire, First Federal Lakewood and St. John Funeral Home at Gamekeepers Taverne featuring a chicken dish prepared by the Gamekeeper’s chef using the Poultry Pro, a food preparation production invented and developed by a chamber member.