Stark Enterprises Restaurant Week is returning for its second year from Sept. 22 through Sept. 29.
“The restaurant week brings together Stark Enterprises’ pretty wide portfolio of lifestyle centers across Northeast Ohio, including Crocker Park in Westlake, Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere and Portage Crossing in Cuyahoga Falls, as well as some downtown properties,” said Danielle Gross, marketing and communications manager at Stark Enterprises. “We really wanted an opportunity to bring together all of these lifestyle centers in one event and celebrate them as a whole. It’s a great way for (the centers) to collaborate together. We can celebrate all of the dining options we have across our portfolio.”
Gross said there will be 30 restaurants participating this year, including Hyde Park Steakhouse and Cantina Laredo in Crocker Park, Taza: a Lebanese Grille and Bravo Cucina Italiana at Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Heck’s Express at The Beacon in downtown Cleveland and Aladdin’s Eatery in North Canton.
“There is really something for everyone and every palate,” she said.
Customers can choose from $10-, $20- and $30-tiered meals at participating restaurants.
New this year, the event will partner with area food banks to help support their mission of providing nutritious meals to local communities in need.
“When we started off the event last year, we didn’t have this component,” Gross said. “We wanted to bring something more to the event than just a restaurant week. So, we added this component. We just thought choosing the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank made sense. Their missions are to provide nutritious meals to our local communities, so we thought it went hand in hand with what restaurant week is.”
Gross said selecting food banks as the event’s benefactor made sense as it allows customers to see a direct impact.
“Food brings people together and impacts everyone’s lives,” she said. “It really made sense, and they’re both wonderful organizations. The big thing we really liked is during the week, you’re able to go to each restaurant and support that community’s local food bank. That is why we added the Akron food bank as well, so customers can really see the impact locally.”
Gross said the restaurants also enjoy the festivities because it allows them to get creative.
“It is up to each restaurant to create something unique and special for either visitors that come in all the time to the restaurant or the type that is curious about the restaurant and has never been,” she stated. “This is a great way to try something out and see what you think.”
For an entire list of restaurants and menus, visit starkenterprises.com/restaurant-week.