Forks and knives out: Cleveland Restaurant Week starts Monday

More than 30 Cleveland Independents member restaurants will be celebrating Cleveland Restaurant Week, starting Monday, March 6 and running through Saturday, March 18.

The annual favorite features three-course prix fixe dinner for $39, with many restaurants also offering cocktails made from Stoli Elit or Wiseman Bourbon through a partnership with Stoli Group.

Myra G. Orenstein, acting director of Cleveland Independents and president of CATV, Inc., says March is often a tough time for the Northeast Ohio restaurant industry because there are no major holidays and patios are not yet open.

“We hope that, once again, our March promotion of Cleveland Restaurant Week will help our restaurants generate additional revenue,” she says.

While the $39 prix fixe (plus tax and gratuity) will be offered by most participants, members have the option of deviating up or down from the price point, have the option of limiting the days the promotion is being offered, and choosing to not offer a carryout option. Click here to see the list of the 70 participating restaurants.

Orenstein says more than a dozen new restaurants have joined Cleveland Independents in the last year—creating more diverse and exciting options.

“We have a lot of new members on board, so that’s exciting,” she says. “So look for some usual dishes—something that’s different. This is a great opportunity to try new things.” She cites Lulo Kitchen’s Latin fusion or ETalian’s Naples-style wet pizza as two examples.

“We have a lot more Spanish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Latino restaurants,” she says. “We want to represent Cleveland as a whole with a much better snapshot of Cleveland’s culinary scene.”

Other new Cleveland Independents restaurants this year include Bell & Flower, Coppia Restaurant, The Reserve, One Red Door (Hudson), Flipside (Hudson), Cleveland Vegan, Ghost Pepper Taqueria & Tequila, Hail Mary’s Food & Drink, Indie Music Bar, Sora, Uniontown Provisions, and Zanzibar (Downtown).

Karin Connelly Rice
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