Xenia will have its first Restaurant Week November 3-9, 2013, with nine local eateries participating. The all-volunteer community organization Xenia Eats! created the event for Xenia, basing it on the popular trend of restaurant weeks in cities across the county. Each participating eatery will offer a special menu selection for a “2013” price. No reservations or advanced purchase is required. The public is welcomed to just show up, order the specials, and support Xenia’s local dining scene. The menu of participating eateries can be found on its Facebook page.
Scott Calhoun, of Xenia Eats!, said restaurant weeks are fun ways to support local eateries and try something new. “Some places are offering great dinner combos for two people for $20.13, while others, such as bakeries, are offering one item for $2.13. There’s even a local winery involved. I’m thrilled that so many local eateries want to be a part of this.”
Building community spirit by eating out with friends is one goal of restaurant week, Calhoun said. Promoting growth is another. “Xenia’s dining scene may be small at the moment, but the eateries are proud of what they do and they have a loyal following. Supporting what we have is a great way to encourage others to open up a restaurant in Xenia. It can show them we care and will eat local.”
Caesar Creek Vineyards 962 Long Rd. | (937) 479-4278 | Tues., Wed., Thurs. 2:00 – 6:00; Fri. and Sat. 2:00 – 7:00.
Offer: Cheese trays for $2.13 with a wine purchase. Any bottle of wine and a Caesar Creek Vineyard T-Shirt for $20.13. (During restaurant week, bottles and cases are for sale on Tues., Wed, and Thurs. On Fri. and Sat., bottles, cases, and wine tastings are for sale.)
The Dairy Station 704 N. Detroit St. | (937) 372-1100 | M-Sat.11:00–10:00. Sun.12:00–10:00
Offer: A single hand dipped ice cream cone for $2.13. (A double scoop for $3.13). A medium-sized soft serve cone for $2.13.
Harvest Moon Bakery 13 E. Main St. | (937) 372-3375 | T-F 7:00–4:00. Sat. 8:00–3:00. Offer: A bagel or twinky for $2.13.
Miami Trail Tavern 44 Xenia Town Square | 937-347-3247 | M-Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Offer: All craft beers for $2.13. Combo meal for two: appetizer, two sandwiches/burgers with sides, two desserts for $20.13.
Nick’s Restaurant 1443 N. Detroit St. | (937) 372-3202 | M-Sat. 11:00–2:30. Sun. 12:00–12:00
Offer: Two can eat for $20.13. Includes: one appetizer, two entrees, and cookies for dessert.
Rubio’s Tex-Mex Taqueria 131 Cincinnati Ave. | (937) 376-5750 | M-Thurs. 11:00–8:00. Fri. & Sat.11:00–9:00. Closed Sunday.
Offer: One beef or chicken taco for $2.13. One chimi dessert for $2.13. Dinner combo for $20.13: chips and salsa, two dinner entrees (excluding smoked brisket and pulled pork dinner), two soft drinks, one sopapillas dessert.
Sweets Boutique 28 E. 2nd St. | (937) 372-2224
Offer: Cupcakes for $2.13 from 3:00 – 5:30 from Nov. 5 – 8, and from 11:00 -2:00 on Nov. 9
Willie’s Sports Bar & Grille 124 Xenia Towne Square | (937) 372-0303 | M-Th 11:00–11:00. Fri.-Sat. 11:00–2:00. Sun. 12:00-12:00. Offer: Choice from a special menu of one appetizer, two sandwiches or two entrees, and a dessert for $20.13.
Xenia China Inn 417 W. 2nd St. | (937) 374-2220 | M-Sat. 11:00-9:30. Closed Sunday. Offer: Add two eggrolls to any lunch or dinner order for $2.13.
Xenia’s City Manager Jim Percival said, “We often hear complaints that there are ‘no places to eat’ in Xenia, from both citizens and employees. The Xenia Eats! group is helping us be aware that there are good eateries in Xenia. We just need to be reminded about them and urge Xenia citizens (and others) to dine within our city limits!” If you haven’t tried a Xenia eatery lately, be sure to take advantage of the new Xenia Eats! sponsored restaurant week.
Xenia Eats! creator Scott Calhoun said, “We were surprised to learn ourselves that there are about 20 local, independent eateries within Xenia’s borders. We decided to have a local Restaurant Week to promote staying in Xenia when you want to go out to eat.”
“We are delighted about the new 2013 Xenia Eats Restaurant Week,” said Ronda Houston, chairperson of The Business Enhancement Committee of Downtown Xenia Now. “DXN’s Business Enhancement Committee has as one of its goals increasing dining establishments in Xenia, so residents have more choices than just fast-food chains and the franchises. Xenians like to eat out as much as everyone else in the region, but they usually take their dining dollars outside of Xenia because often they are unaware of the options in the city.”
Xenia Eats! created by Xenia resident Scott Calhoun, seeks to find and celebrate independently owned, Xenia eateries. “We share Xenia Eats!’s philosophy,” Houston said, “because DXN knows if we grow the restaurants we already have, we will be able to not only have happier, more profitable restaurants in Xenia, we will attract other quality restaurants as a result of the success of the existing ones.”
To learn more about Xenia’s Restaurant Week go to the Xenia Eats! Facebook page.