It's no secret local restaurants have struggled through the pandemic, but downtown Cleveland restaurants were hit especially hard. Without events and other big draws downtown, much of the business those places saw is dried up.
Downtown Cleveland Restaurant week hopes to change that, and shine a light on these places most in need. The week runs from February 19 through the 28th, and features more than 20 eateries.
Whether you want to try something new or return to a downtown favorite, diners can enjoy a variety of prix-fixe lunch and dinner specials throughout the week. Even things like family meals to-go and group lunch deliveries for professionals are being offered.
At Republic Food and Drink in Playhouse Square, things were especially tough. Most restaurants in the district closed when the theatres shut down, as that is the main draw for crowds.
"Being based largely in Playhouse Square, we rely heavily on that theater business and you know, that sort of traffic," says Driftwood Restaurant manager Erik Martinez. "We definitely cannot wait for shows to come back."
The restaurant only recently re-opened, and is now offering a "picnic for two" option, where a meal for two is just $15 all week. You can see their menu, here.
Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants for restaurant week.