Download the 2022 Restaurant Week GR Information Sheet, or learn more below.
We are excited to announce the return of the traditional format of offering special menus created expressly for Restaurant Week. Last year's "everyday menu" format proved successful for participating restaurants - but we heard from countless diners who missed the opportunity to taste what happens when chefs get to really strut their stuff.
We know staffing and supply issues are still impacting operations, but those who are able to participate will further their reputation for culinary excellence and attract first-time customers who can be turned into regulars. We hope that you will participate!
Each restaurant will chose a category to participate in:
For each option, we encourage restaurants to offer related add-ons, e.g. dessert for $X or a beer pairing for $X. Think of ways to upsell while still delivering a great VALUE to your guests. NOTE: These prices do not include tax, tip or beverages.
Like last year, we are asking diners to check in to restaurants using Bandwango technology on their smartphones. We are incentivizing them to visit multiple restaurants by offering a free gift for checking in to 3 or more locations. Diners do NOT have to order off the RWGR menu to check in, but it will be encouraged. Bounce-back coupons will be provided to anyone that checks in.
Experience Grand Rapids will contribute $1 per every Restaurant Week check-in to an endowed scholarship at GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. The previous requirement for restaurants to donate $1 per meal sold has been waived. Since 2010, Restaurant Week has donated over $185,000 to the scholarship fund - helping ensure a steady pipeline of culinary talent for local restaurants!
Not quite ready to officially sign up but know that you want to participate? Email Jaylyn a quick note to let her know that you are "in" and we will be sure you are included on all of our lists!
In the past, a gift card donation has been a requirement to participate in Restaurant Week GR. We are making this optional this year. If you would like additional marketing exposure and are able to do so, please mail a gift card between $25-$50. We will use these gift cards for social media giveaways, as well as part of our public relations strategy with local media and influencers. They will be put to good use! Gift cards should be mailed to the address below by October 15.
Experience Grand Rapids
171 Monroe Ave NW Suite 545
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
We recognize that the local culinary scene is critical to attracting tourists and business travelers. We want to help local restaurants thrive – and mobilizing community support through Restaurant Week GR is one way we’re doing it! Gordon Food Service is our major sponsor of Restaurant Week GR. Their knowledgeable staff can assist you with menu creation, costing and more.
Contact Jaylyn McCloy, Marketing Partnership Manager at JMcCloy@ExperienceGR.com or 616-233-3565.