Diners can sample bargains during restaurant month

March 8, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Eateries encourage diners to sample special offers and menu items during Issaquah Restaurant Month.

The inaugural dine-out event kicked off March 1, as more than 20 restaurants rolled out discounts and other treats for diners. Organizers said the monthlong celebration is meant to attract attention to local restaurants, and encourage residents to try fresh flavors.

The participating restaurants include longtime establishments and newcomers. Diners interested in checking out Issaquah restaurants during the event can nosh on barbecue and pizza one day, and nachos and lo mein the next.

“Each restaurant will offer a lunch and/or dinner prix fixe menu that represents the best of what that restaurant has to offer,” Diane Symms, Lombardi’s Italian Restaurants president and CEO, said in a release. “This is not a discount but rather an offer of quality and value for the community.”

Issaquah Restaurant Month is similar to events staged in Seattle and other major cities nationwide. The year-old Issaquah Restaurant Coalition, a trade group, coordinated and promoted the celebration.

The coalition includes chefs, managers, restaurateurs and caterers. The group promotes the local restaurant industry and advocates for restaurants to city leaders.

“We wanted something that would fit every member of the coalition as a whole,” coalition President Lynn Rehn said as she prepared to make a whiskey sauce for a cherry bread pudding at a restaurant in Central Washington.

City leaders proclaimed March as Issaquah Restaurant Month during the City Council meeting Feb. 22 and urged residents to join the festivities.

“The city of Issaquah is known for its many family and fine dining restaurants,” Council President John Traeger said during the meeting. “We recognize the important role that restaurants have on the economic vitality of our city — as leading employers, their success is critical to the city’s overall workforce.”

Rehn said Issaquah Restaurant Month is the initial step in a long-term effort to encourage residents to taste the offerings at Issaquah eateries — something Traeger alluded to in the proclamation.

“This event will help stimulate our economy by supporting our local restaurants and motivating the public to dine out and enjoy the culinary diversity that our community has to offer,” he said.

Participating restaurants

Issaquah Restaurant Month includes more than 20 eateries throughout the city:

  • 12th Avenue Cafe
  • Agave Cocina & Tequilas
  • Billy Bob’s Burgers & BBQ
  • Cascade Garden
  • Chan’s Place
  • Cucina! Cucina!
  • Extreme Pizza
  • Field of Champions Sports Bar & Grill
  • Fins Bistro
  • Flat Iron Grill
  • Great American Grill
  • Issaquah Brewhouse
  • Jenny Pho
  • Junipers
  • La Costa Mexican Restaurant
  • Lombardi’s Neighborhood Italian
  • Nicolino
  • Pogacha of Issaquah
  • ricenroll
  • sip. at the wine bar and restaurant
  • Stan’s Bar-B-Q
  • Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in
  • Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
  • Vino Bella
  • Zeeks Pizza

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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