Starting April 11, Henrico County is throwing a party. A big, food-laden, all-inclusive party called Restaurant Week. And, like any good restaurant week found throughout the country, there will be excellent deals and special menu items at a vast variety of restaurants. Unlike your average restaurant week, however, Henrico’s version will not just focus on fine dining.
Not even close.
“The Henrico community is diverse, and so are its eateries," explains organizer Tom Lappas. "We wanted to create an event that was inclusive of all interested restaurants, whether they are diners that serve only lunch, family establishments (yes, Chuck E. Cheese’s is on board) or traditional fine dining establishments like The Melting Pot, Maggiano's Little Italy and Texas de Brazil. We're particularly thrilled to be contributing to the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls through this event, and I think that's been a great uniting factor for our sponsors and participating restaurants alike as well. This is an organization with great roots in the region and in Henrico, and it does tremendous work with children and teens who need extra guidance.”
The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls will receive $1 for every lunch ordered between April 11 and 18, and $2 for every dinner. Henrico Restaurant Week will use the prix-fixe model for the most part, serving two-course lunches for either $10 or $15 and three-course dinners for $20, $25 or $30.
Smaller spots like Joey’s Hot Dogs won’t miss out on the fun just because you can’t eat three courses of hot dogs, though. They’ll be holding a separate fundraising event of their own during the week, as will Chuck E. Cheese’s and The Tin Pan. As for the high end of the spectrum, you can dive into Texas de Brazil’s entire menu, excepting drinks and desserts, for $30 (a meaty dinner usually runs $45 per person).
Other participating restaurants include Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue, Blair’s Drug Store, American Tap Room, Sticks Kebob Shop, Malabar Indian Cuisine, Frank’s West, The Melting Pot, Mama Cucina Italian Restaurant, The Wine Loft, The Halligan Bar & Grill, and Deep Run Roadhouse. In fact, for $60, you can spend the first day of the event being driven to Buz and Ned’s, The Wine Loft and American Tap Room to sample tons of specially-created nosh.