ST. CHARLES – Anyone who will be in town next week should bring an appetite, some money and a postcard coupon for the 2014 St. Charles Restaurant Week.
This year’s event, which begins Monday and continues through Feb. 28, offers discounted dining for 34 restaurants. That is the highest number of restaurants that have participated in the program since it was developed in 2010, said Rita Tungare, St. Charles director of community and economic development.
City officials attribute the increase in participants to a slight uptick in the economy and new restaurants that have opened since last year. In 2013, a total of 27 businesses participated.
Restaurant Week is typically held in February, which is a slower time for businesses, Tungare said.
“It gives people something to do and it brings people to St. Charles. ... It shows them what we have to offer as a community,” she said.
Patrons can receive a 25 percent discount after they make a minimum $20 dine-in purchase and present the coupon in paper or electronic form.
The coupon was sent as a postcard to every address in the city and slightly outside city limits into neighboring communities, Tungare said
In response to feedback from restaurants, the promotion is held only on weekdays so the restaurants won’t be overwhelmed on the weekends. Tungare said participating restaurants will receive a survey so owners can give the city feedback on whether the promotion helped their business and if the event needs to be changed.
St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina encouraged residents to take advantage of Restaurant Week.
“It is one of the best values that the city provides all year long,” he said. “It’s quite a significant savings.”
The discount excludes tax, tip and alcohol and is not valid with other restaurant promotions. The coupon also is available at www.stcharlesil.gov/restaurant-week.
Participating businesses in the St. Charles Restaurant Week 2014 include:
• Alibi Bar & Grill
• Alley 64
• Charlie Fox’s Pizzeria & Eatery
• Colonial Cafe (two locations)
• E&S Fish Company
• El Puente Restaurant
• Francesca’s by the River
• Gabby’s Kitchen
• Gina’s Subs & Pizza
• Giordano’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
• Gino’s East Pizza
• Harvest Restaurant at Pheasant Run Resort
• Isacco Kitchen
• Jalapeno Grille
• Jambalaya Restaurant at Pheasant Run Resort
• McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub
• Nuova Italia Restaurant
• Pub 222
• ROX City Grill
• Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant
• St. Charles Place Steak House
• Tap House Grill
• Taste of Himalayas
• Thai Zie Noodles & Bar
• The Beehive Tavern & Grille
• The Filling Station Pub & Grill
• The Office Dining & Spirits
• The Spotted Fox Ale House
• Town House Cafe
• Wok ‘n Fire