Small, independent businesses have been hit especially hard during the pandemic, and nowhere is that greater than in the food service industry. Restaurants have faced shuttered dining rooms on and off for a year, and those that have survived have relied on take-out and delivery offerings to make it through.
That makes it doubly important to support this year's Eats on 118--a celebration of the diverse restaurants in and around Edmonton's Alberta Avenue running until March 31. Special dine-in menus, take-out deals and--new this year--a Tour and Taste Box are part of the month-long event.
“Small businesses need a spotlight now more than ever,” said Alberta Avenue Business Association Interim Executive Director Joshua Semchuk. “The pandemic has forced restaurants to continuously adapt to new restrictions and find new ways to bring patrons through the door. That’s why Eats on 118 is launching a campaign early in the year, to promote locally-owned restaurants and keep their doors open until we can safely gather again.”
Some 20 area restaurants are participating with specials ranging from $15 to $25. These include favourite spots like Green Onion Cake Man, Plaza Bowl, T & D Noodle House, Coliseum Pizza & Steak, Battista Calzone, Two Brown Dogs Catering, The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House and many more.
For foodies who wish to stay at home, Eats on 118 is offering Tour & Taste Boxes conveniently delivered straight to your doorstep via Plaza Bowl Delivery. Each box features tasty items from Alberta Avenue restaurant partners including Green Onion Cake Man, T & D Noodle House, Battista Calzone, Two Brown Dogs Catering, Coliseum Pizza & Steak and more.
Boxes are $65, but add-ons are available, such as an added homemade lasagna from Coliseum Pizza for an extra $20, and a specially-curated YEG Beer Pack from Plaza Bowl. Contact-free deliveries of the Tour & Taste Box will be made March 17 and 31.