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293. Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

November 10, 2011

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is almost over but you still have a few more days to feed your bellies. So unbutton that last notch on your belt an pull yourself up to the table.

Experience Grand Rapids, the organizer for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2011 is proud to announce that this year’s event will feature over 70 restaurants – most of them one-of-a-kind unique dining establishments that are the best in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will be held for eleven days from Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November 13, 2011.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is underwritten by Experience Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority.

According to Doug Small, Experience Grand Rapids President who brought the idea of Restaurant Week to Grand Rapids, “We are thrilled that over 70 restaurants have jumped on board this year to participate in the second year of this popular event. Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2011 will be a time for friends, families, and co-workers to explore new restaurants that they’ve wanted to try, and a reason to return to tried and true favorites. During the eleven days of Restaurant Week, all of the participating Restaurant Week restaurant chefs will be going “all out” to help the public celebrate the best in the “Art of Dining Out”, which is Restaurant Week Grand Rapids’ mantra. Grand Rapids has so many great restaurants – it’s time for people to get out and explore these unique restaurants that will undoubtedly become their favorites.”

The public can now view all 70+ participating restaurants on a dedicated website at Each restaurant is currently in the process of creating innovative 3 – course menus that will be announced and featured on the week of October 10, 2011 when the menus will go live along with additional information for the public on how to get involved in the biggest culinary event of the year. The public can learn more about and post information for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids on Facebook @ Restaurant Week GR, and Twitter through the hash tags: #rwgr or #restaurantweekgr

Most restaurants will be offering creative 3-course menus for $25 per person (not including tax or tip) with some featuring wine or beer flights as an add-on option. A portion of the restaurants have opted to feature a 2-for-$25 menu hoping to entice those who are budget conscious or looking for a more casual alternative. All participating restaurants will also offer their regular menus during Restaurant Week.

The Restaurants Participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2011 include:

25 Kitchen & Bar
Amore Trattoria Italiana
Bar Divani
Blue Water Grill
Bistro Bella Vita
Brann’s on Leonard
Cambridge House
Charley’s Crab
CitySen Lounge at City Flats Hotel
Cottage Bar & Restaurant
Cygnus 27
Derby Station
Dugan’s Pub & Grille
Electric Cheetah
Fire Rock Grille
Flat River Grill
GP Sports
Grand Woods Lounge
Graydon’s Crossing
Heritage Restaurant at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education
Honey Creek Inn
Louis Benton Steakhouse
J. Gardella’s Tavern
Noto’s Old World Italian Dining
Marco New American Bistro
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant
Olive’s Restaurant & Bar
One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom
Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine
Ottawa Tavern
Pearl Street Grill
Peppino’s Downtown
Pietro’s Italian Restaurant
Red Jet Café
Reds on the River
Reserve GR
Rockwell Republic
Rush Creek Bistro
San Chez Bistro & Café
Shiraz Grille Persian & Mediterranean Cuisine
Schnitz Ada Grill
Spinnaker Restaurant
Stella’s Lounge
Sundance Grill & Bar
The BOB: Monkey Bar, JBar, Gilly’s Bobarino’s
Tavern on the Square
TGI Friday’s Downtown GR
Timbers Inn
The Acorn Grille
The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
The Bullshead Tavern
The Green Well
The Landing Restaurant at Radisson Riverfront
The Melting Pot
The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar
The Viceroy
Tre Cugini
Twisted Rooster
Vitale’s on Leonard
Z’s Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant Week planners reported that in 2010, when the Grand Rapids event first began, many diners chose to dine out between three to five times over the ten-day event period. This year, organizers are encouraging the same.

According to Small, “If you’re looking for the excuse to dine out, this is definitely the time to do it. We will be setting the stage for “the party”, highlighting the great menus that these restaurants have crafted for Restaurant Week on The 70+ participating restaurants will be providing the exceptional food, service and creating the experience that diners are looking for. The restaurants will be rolling out the red carpet and we’re encouraging everyone to take advantage of the opportunity.”


Restaurant Week returns for a second year, November 3-13, 2011.

New for 2011:

– 3 creative courses for $25 at each restaurant (some restaurants offering 3 courses for $25 for two)

Results of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2010:

56 participating restaurants, 19128 special menu meals, 30000 diners adding up to $1.2m in revenue for the restaurants in Kent County. $19,128 was raised in scholarship funds to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC ($1 donated per Restaurant Week special menu meal).

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