More than 20 downtown Royal Oak Restaurants are getting ready to offer discounted prices on featured dishes to attract diners and raise cash for three local charities.
Top restaurants will feature three-course lunch and dinner menus from $15 – $35 a person. No tickets or passes are necessary, but organizers expect a large turnout and recommend diners make reservations.
Royal Oak Restaurant Week is from Friday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 29.
The event is organized by the Royal Oak Restaurant Association and is done twice a year.
“We added a second (restaurant) week based on all the feedback we got,” said Stephanie McIntyre, a spokeswoman for the group. “It draws a lot of people. They love to come to town and see all the new food features and specials.”
Last year, the event partnered with the Open Hands Food Pantry in Royal Oak to collect non-perishable food items during the week-long event.
Diners who made donations got special offers and coupons for restaurant visits.
This year McIntyre came up with the idea of finding a sponsor — OUR Credit Union — to present the event so that Royal Oak non-profits such as the Royal Oak Animal Shelter, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties, and Gilda’s Club will each get a share of $4,000, said Carrie O’Neill, president of the restaurant association and manager of the Rock on Third.
“Each diner will get a ballot and get to vote” for one of the three charities,” she said. “It’s a new way to feature some of the innovative restaurants we have and help the charities.”
O’Neill added that she sees a large increase of new customers at the Rock during restaurant week.
The charity that gets the most votes from diners will get $2,500, while second-place will receive $1,000 and third-place $500.
“Not only will this partnership with Royal Oak Restaurant Week help us financially,” said Brett Tillander, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs in a release, “it will also help us to raise awareness in the community about all of the great work we are doing. We are excited to be included with such great local nonprofit partners for this event.”
Among the restaurants taking part are Ale Mary’s Beer Hall, B Spot Burgers, Bastone, Bigalora, Blackfinn Ameripub, Café Muse, Cantina Diablos, D’Amato’s, Fifth Avenue, Jim Brady’s Detroit, Jolly Pumpkin, Le Crepe, Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery, Lockhart’s BBQ, Mesa Tacos and Tequila, Mr. B’s Gastropub, Oak City Grille, Pronto! Rock on 3rd, Tom’s Oyster Bar, Town Tavern and Trattoria da Luigi.
Event details, menus, and more can be found online at dineroyaloak.org/events.