RESTAURANT WEEK: Celebrating and Building Our Restaurant Scene
you can be a part of the return of Restaurant Week, featuring nearly 30 restaurants, Sept. 16-25
Restaurant culture is a crucial component of the value of a community. It impacts the lives and experiences of the people who live there, it affects visitors’ interest in spending time there, and it makes up an important piece of the community’s overall economic and cultural success. So it’s critical we as a community give credence and support to the sustainability and growth of our restaurant scene – especially after the wild ride of the last couple of years.
It’s no secret it’s been especially difficult for restaurants since March 2020. They’ve had to navigate the pandemic and its continued fallout in numerous ways: rapidly changing health regulations, staffing challenges, and supply shortages – to name just a few. Not to mention the public perception of it all. It’s been harder than ever!
Restaurant Week is about celebrating the great restaurants we have and the amazing culinary and service talent that runs them. It’s about inspiring what might come next.
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But we, as a community, can help – and Restaurant Week is a great way to do it. After a two year hiatus, nearly 30 visionary restaurants in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls have signed on for the fourth installment of Restaurant Week – which will run Sept. 16-25 – offering special menus and deals with the hopes that you’ll come out to support their endeavors and celebrate their hard-working teams with patience, grace, and generosity. You’ll find each restaurant’s offers in the back of this guide. I’ll just say there’s some pretty tasty-sounding stuff back there. You can also read about a handful of special events and prizes you can win for participating (including a trip for two to Cancun, Mexico!). Reviews from the first years of Restaurant Week told us the event had already become an annual tradition for diners across the Chippewa Valley. So whether you took part in previous years or not, now’s your chance to get out there and experience something new while showing your support.
Restaurant Week is about celebrating the great restaurants we have and the amazing culinary and service talent that runs them. It’s about inspiring what might come next. It’s about getting outside your usual routine to find the participating restaurants you haven’t yet visited, or trying a dish that might push your boundaries. But it’s also about enjoying the classic comforts of your tried-and-true favorites. In whatever way works for you, use this event to vote for the future you want for our restaurant scene. Check out the list of restaurants who stepped up to take part and take these 10 days to visit all your favorites, discover some new ones, and send the message that you’re ready for our restaurant scene to thrive.