The hospitality industry has been greatly affected by the pandemic. Now more than ever some LOVE needs to be given to our locally owned, small restaurants, pubs, and eateries! An easy way to do that is by dining out or getting carryout during Kenosha Restaurant Week, February 20-28.
This is a nine-day celebration of our community’s delicious dining scene; 50 venues are participating. There will be COVID-conscious adaptations this year to give everyone a chance to enjoy the great flavors our community has to offer.
Kenosha Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to explore new places to dine, re-visit old favorites, try something new at your go-to restaurant, and/or simply show your support to our locally owned restaurants during this very challenging time! Remember these places employ our friends, family members, and neighbors. The first job for many teenagers is in restaurants. The owners give to local fundraisers and non-profit organizations. So let’s support them!
Whether you’re a foodie or just someone who needs a break from cooking and doing the dishes … whether you like a good deal or just want to treat yourself … or maybe you just want a reason to get out of the house. Check out Kenosha Restaurant Week! You’ll discover a variety of close-to-home delicious options that you may have never realized existed. Whether your daily commute has changed, your schedule has given you more free time, or you’re looking for something different – now may be the perfect time to find a new favorite local restaurant. Or two or three!
Simply visit/order from participating restaurants between February 20-28 and ask for the special Restaurant Week menu; no tickets, passes or coupons are required. Be sure to check restaurants’ websites for specific hours and reservation recommendations. The restaurants will be offering both their special Restaurant Week menus and their regular menus.
What do COVID-conscious adaptations mean?
Restaurants are not required to offer multi-course meals for Breakfast or Brunch ($10), Lunch ($10), and Dinner ($20 and $30) this year. Instead, each restaurant is creating their own discounts or special offers. Offerings include family style take and heat meals; meals that come frozen to stock your freezer with; carryout, delivery, and curbside options; snacks and desserts to bring home; gift card deals; and traditional in-person dining too. When dining out, you’ll find variations of things like physical distancing, reduced seating, heightened cleaning procedures, enforcement of mask mandates, hand sanitation stations, disposable or washable menus, and other precautions.
How can you Dine & Give?
As you enjoy the many options and delicious deals and cuisines during Restaurant Week, please consider making a donation to the Shalom Center or the Sharing Center, the official nonprofit partners of Kenosha Restaurant Week. Shalom Center is Kenosha’s only homeless shelter, largest food pantry, and longest running nightly meal program. The Sharing Center is Western Kenosha County’s Crisis and Resource Center, improving the wellbeing of the community.
How can you Dine & Win?
Give a like on the Kenosha Restaurant Week Facebook page and watch for daily gift card giveaways during Kenosha Restaurant Week. Or share your favorite Kenosha Restaurant Week pics on Instagram with @KenoshaRestaurantWeek tagged and don’t forget to use hashtag #KenoshaRW and the restaurant name (where the photo was taken) for a chance to win a gift card.
What places are participating?
With last minute additions, there are now 50 venues participating. This includes restaurants and food shops. The venues are: Apis Restaurant, Ashling on the Lough, Beef Jerky Experience Pleasant Prairie, Boat House Pub & Eatery, Brat Stop, Bristol 45 Diner, Buzz Café, Captain Mike’s Beer & Burger Bar, Casa Capri, Century Pub & Eatery, Culver’s of Pleasant Prairie, El Camino Kitchen, Elsie Mae’s Bakery & Cannery, Franks Diner, Gordon’s Sports Bar and Grill, HobNob Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, Iguana Wana Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, Italian American Supper Club, Johnny’Z Pour House, Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub – Kenosha, Kenosha Brewing Co., Kenosha Yacht Club, La Fogata Mexican Grill, Lou Perrine’s Gas and Groceries, Mars Cheese Castle, Mason’s Eatery & Pub, PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., Rustic Road Brewing Company, Sandy’s Popper, Sazzy B, Scoops Ice Cream and Candy, Slip 56 Bar & Galley, Tenuta’s Delicatessen and Liquors, tg’s Restaurant & Pub, The 1844 Table & Mash inside The Stella Hotel & Ballroom, The Café at The Stella Hotel & Ballroom, The Coffee Pot, The Daily Dose Café, The Down Town’R Saloon, The Garage Sports & Burger Bar, The Red Oak Restaurant, The Spot Drive-In, Trolley Dogs, Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill, Twisted Cuisine, Union Park Tavern, Valeo’s Pizza, Villa D’Carlo, Waterfront Warehouse, and Wine Knot Bar & Bistro.
Find the menus and more details at VisitKenosha.com/RW. Since 2019, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has been the sole producer of Kenosha Restaurant Week with participation open EXCLUSIVELY to their Tourism Partner businesses throughout Kenosha County.
The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has been Kenosha’s official travel resource since 1986. Be A Tourist In Your Own Town and Shop Local, Dine Local, and Play Local! Learn more about the local restaurants, shops, and attractions to support in-person or online at our website VisitKenosha.com. Please remember your mask and maintain social distancing when in public; be respectful of the safety restrictions that individual places are setting; be patient.
By Meridith Jumisko
Meridith is Public Relations Director
at the Kenosha Area Convention
& Visitors Bureau
and a regular contributor to The Smart Reader.
Contact her at MJ@VisitKenosha.com
or drop her a tweet @MJ_Kenosha
(This article appeared as the cover story for the 2/11/21 issue of the Smart Reader)