LA GRANGE – La Grange residents and visitors who have always wanted to try something new at one of the village’s many unique downtown restaurants have the perfect opportunity to do so this week.
The village of La Grange and La Grange Business Association are sponsoring La Grange Restaurant Week from Feb. 28 through March 8. Fourteen participating locations will offer special prix fixe menus over the next nine days to encourage diners to sample new dishes. The prices of the meals during Restaurant Week range between $20 and $40, depending on the location.
Lori Donahoe, associate coordinator at the La Grange Business Association, explained the village has hosted a restaurant week in the past, but this is the first one in several years. She said the restaurant owners wanted to bring it back to encourage people to dine out during what’s typically a slower time of year.
“We’re really lucky to have such diversity in the restaurants in La Grange,” she said. “They all offer quality food and different price ranges, so there’s something for everyone. La Grange is a great town for dining, and people can explore all the different restaurants. It’s nine delicious days of value-priced meals at some of our most sought-after culinary destinations.”
Diners who visit several restaurants during the week are eligible to win one of several $50 gift certificates from the participating businesses. They can download the La Grange Business Association’s mobile app to receive their digital Restaurant Week Rewards Card, Donahoe said.
“We’re encouraging people to visit more than one restaurant, and if they hit four of them, they get their card ‘stamped’ [through the app] and are automatically put into a drawing to win,” she said.
One of La Grange’s newer restaurants, fourteensixteen, is offering a choice of either three- or four-course meals. Diners can choose from a variety of dishes, including filet, duck breast, sea bass and more. The restaurant also is offering free wine tastings March 1 and 7 and live music March 2.
Nikki Battles, events and marketing manager, said she’s very excited about Restaurant Week because this is fourteensixteen’s first time participating.
“We’re offering things that are unique that you can’t find on a daily basis here. We want people to come in and try something new,” she said. “Our goal is to continue to make La Grange a destination for dining and retail. This is such a great opportunity for people to try different restaurants because of the value-price menus.”
La Buona Vita has a variety of pasta, meat and seafood on the Restaurant Week menu. Owner Terry Rempert said he’s participated in Restaurant Week in the past, and he was excited to see it return.
“I like the concept [of Restaurant Week]. It helps promote La Grange and eating out,” he said. “It’s a reason for someone to come out and get a taste of different menus at an affordable cost. It’s a good way to get a taste of all the different restaurants.”
In addition to fourteensixteen and La Buona Vita, participating restaurants include Al’s Charhouse, Barrel Social House, Casa Margarita, Fireside Wood-Fired Pizza, Kama Bistro, Nicksons Eatery, Palmer Place, prasino, Steak + Vine, Sushi Ukai, Victory Tap and Woow Sushi.
For information about Restaurant Week, visit lagrangeevents.com.