CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is holding its ninth annual Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week for the week of Feb. 20-27.
Twenty different locally owned and operated eateries are participating, each releasing special menus for the week.
Patrons have the option to take part by dining in or ordering carry out.
Strategy director for the Economic Alliance, Melissa McCarville, says it was never a question on if they would host the week long event.
"It was just one more pivot that we were happy to make, we know that February is a tough month for local restaurants," McCarville said, "we always wanted to make sure that this was going to be something that would highlight them and bring them more business."
This year, cancelling the Fork & Knife Feast and highlighting carry out as a safe option for customers.
Restaurants apply to participate in the week on qualifications such as, being locally owned and willing to offer a special menu with a carry out option, and are then selected.
- Bari Italian, 450 1st St. SW
- Black Sheep Social Club, 600 1 St. SE
- Bostons, 804 5th St. SE
- Caucho, 1202 3rd St. SE Suite 102
- Cherry Meadow Winery and Distillery, 591 62nd St. Suite 104, Marion
- Groundswell Cafe, 201 3rd Ave. SW
- Kickstand, 203 16th
- Lion Bridge Brewing Company, 59 16th Ave. SW
- LP Street Food, 302 3rd Ave. SW
- Lucky's on 16th, 86 16th Ave NW
- Mas Margaritas, 588 Boyson Rd. NE Ste. 124
- Midtown Station, 715 2nd Ave. SE
- NaRa Thai Cuisine, 1725 Blarus Ferry Rd. Ste 102, Marion
- Old Neighborhood Pub, 608 16th St. SE
- Parlor City Pub and Eatery, 1125 3rd St. SE
- Pub 217, 217 3rd St. SE
- Red Frog, 88 16th Ave. SW
- Sugarfire Smoke House, 2350 Edgewood Rd. SW
- The Class Act, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
- Vitos on 42nd Street, 4100 River Ridge Drive
The Economic Alliance is hosting daily Facebook lives where viewers have the chance to win gift cards to the participating restaurants.
"They really are going to help create a unique business community and a unique buying local opportunity for people so that's really the goal is to highlight these awesome local businesses," McCarville said.