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ALTON — The Mississippi River may be on the rise, but so is the excitement local restaurants are feeling as the annual All-Star Restaurant Week approaches. From July 10-19, diners will be able to satisfy their cravings in more than 20 local, family-owned restaurants ($10 lunch/$25 dinner) and collect limited-edition St. Louis Cardinals glasses.
“So many of the great rivers region restaurants offer diner delights, and this week offers a great opportunity to celebrate the tastes of the region with residents and visitors alike,” said Brett Stawar, president and CEO of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Each year, this event grows to include more locally owned and operated restaurants. We have also seen a surge in visitors and residents enjoying meals at the participating restaurants, which is a nice barometer of the impact of the event.”
As dashing diners enjoy their appetizers, they need to remember to keep their receipt handy and go by the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (across from Argosy) any time between July 10-20. Show your All-Star participant receipt and you will be presented with a collectors edition St. Louis Cardinals glass.
As each year has passed, more restaurants have signed up to be a part of the All-Star event. Restaurants from Alton, Grafton, Jerseyville and Brighton are participating and serving up signature dishes that include seafood, pepperloin steaks, BBQ, pizza, pork steaks and more.
“We would really like to branch out to areas like Bethalto, Wood River, Hartford and Rosewood Heights and have them join us for restaurant week,” Stawar said. “During the summer months families may go on vacations or BBQ at home. We hope that our communities will go and enjoy what our locally owned restaurants have to offer when the weather warms up.”
With the Mississippi water levels rising, some featured restaurants are battling the flood but are optimistic that concern will be a thing of the past by the July 10 kick-off.
“I think within the next week we’ll be good,” Stawar said. “It may be an issue for two area favorites, the Fin Inn and the Grafton Winery, for a little bit longer. We’re hoping that we can finally get some dry time so everyone can enjoy the benefits that All-Star week has to offer. We have plenty of the Cardinals collector glasses and we look forward to handing them out to diners who participate.”
Alton participating restaurants include: Bluff City Grill, Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge, Castelli’s Restaurant at 255, Elijah P’s, Franco’s Restaurant, Gentelin’s on Broadway, Jimmy the Greek’s, Johnson’s Corner, Journey, My Just Desserts, Olga’s Kitchen, Rib City, State Street Market, Tony’s Restaurant and the Old Bakery Beer Company.
Reeta Marie’s Country Store in Brighton is participating as well as Carver’s BBQ in Godfrey. Grafton’s Fin Inn and Grafton Winery shouldn’t be left out due to the flood waters; guests are welcome to call ahead to see if they are open for business.
Other event sponsors include Donnewald Distributing, Liberty Bank, Lewis and Clark Community College, OSF Saint Anthony’s, Alton Memorial Hospital and Argosy Casino.
For more information or to view menus offered by the participating restaurants, go to www.AltonRestaurantWeek.com or call the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800)-258-6645.