(St. JOSEPH, Mon) COVID has hit many local restaurants across the country, but St. Joseph is bringing restaurant week back for another year.
“I think this is the second year they’re doing this for us and we’re pretty excited about it. It got us business last year,” said Nancy McCormack of Pronto Cafe.
Pronto Cafe is one of 31 participating companies.
After the last few years, they have more of an idea of what to expect.
“Last year we just tried to go with what we had because we weren’t entirely sure, and this year we made a sandwich just for that based on last year’s success, so we’ll see how it is said McCormack.
The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the week-long event.
“We thought it would be a fun way to showcase different restaurants here in town,” said Natalie Redmond, vice president of membership for the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce.
Due to COVID, restaurants have a take away option for customers this year.
Officials believe the event will help businesses after the past 12 months.
“Because I think like Kansas City, we thought it was more important now than ever to support local restaurants, so it’s not a year not to do that,” said Redmond.
As companies prepare, the weekly event is moving more in the direction of a traditional restaurant week.
That means companies have special menu items that won’t be available until this week.
“A great way for them to try new recipes, try unusual things, and really just have fun with them,” said Redmond.
“Maybe it’s a new place that you haven’t tried and wanted, and they have specials for you this week. So people have to get out, “said McCormack.