One of the most gratifying things about Restaurant Week GR is the number of people who try new-to-them eateries during the eight-day promotion. That makes it a great opportunity to turn first-timers into regulars and build your customer base.
At the same time, regulars are looking for something out of the ordinary from their favorite restaurants. That’s why we’re asking you to create a special RWGR menu featuring items not currently on your menu. You can choose to offer 2+ courses for $25 or 2+ courses for any price you choose. Of course, the higher the price, the more your guests will expect to be dazzled!
We know that staffing and food costs continue to be a challenge, so we’re waving many of the financial commitments you’ve been asked to make in prior years. See below for details.
Download the 2023 Restaurant Week GR Information Sheet, or learn more below.
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.
We are asking diners to check in to restaurants using Bandwango technology on their smartphones. We are once again incentivizing diners to visit multiple locations by offering a variety of free gifts through the digital pass. Diners will be encouraged to order from the special RWGR menu, but it is not required to check in.
Experience Grand Rapids will contribute $1 per every Restaurant Week check-in to an endowed scholarship at GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, up to $5,000. Since 2010, Restaurant Week has donated over $155,000 to the scholarship fund - helping ensure a steady pipeline of culinary talent for local restaurants!
We are waiving the $100 participation fee once again this year and we are not requiring restaurants to offer a bounce-back coupon. We are looking out for your bottom line!
If you choose to send a gift card, please mail to:
Experience Grand Rapids
171 Monroe Ave NW Suite 545
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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!
Participating restaurants will benefit from a flurry of online, TV/radio, print and outdoor advertising/publicity, and also receive these in-store materials
Note: *Spanish-language versions available upon request.
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 the 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.