Stephen Av. "Specials"
Economic downturn? You bet.
Keep your eyes peeled on Stephen Av...
Blink now boasts a prix fixe for lunch and dinner. Mind you the dinner is set between the auspicious hours of 5:00pm and 6:30pm.
In other news Teatro has taken a pretty aggressive stance with four separate incentives... They call it their recession plan, or some such.
Notably, the Sunday night no corkage and chef's tasting menu.
Anyone spy anything else?
We had a dinner for 11 at St. Germain last night. Amazing service & food. I'm loving the no corkage. For 11 people with cocktails & everyone having 3 courses (but not necessarily) the special, it was $600. That's less than $60 per. The prix fixe was mussels in tomato sauce for starter, leg of lamb for main & pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. I got this & it was amazing!
re: John Manzo
From AGLC's website:
8.2.6 The following types of liquor pricing or practices are prohibited:
a) free liquor specials;
b) more than one (1) drink for a single price (e.g., “2 for 1” or
“triples for the price of a single”); and
c) promotions of “all you can drink for a fixed cost”.
If it were open to the general public I'd agree, it'd be a violation but I have yet to find anywhere where they prohibit free drinks at a private event. They'd be shutting down dozens of corporate Stampede Parties every summer if that were the case.
Lets get back the vital info at hand.....as 300rwhp asked, How do you get an invite????
I host many corporate events each year in my business. If it were illegal to serve free drinks, I wouldnt make any sales. As long as the event is private, or there is 1 person singled out to pick up the tab, the ALCB laws do not apply. However, overserving laws still do, of course.
Might be nice for some of the Stephen Ave. places to do something to cover parking. As much as I like DiVino, I am sick and tired of being reamed by parking fees in the core, so I just don't go there anymore.
I don't know why the restaurateurs in the area haven't gotten together to put some sort of valet parking scheme together or at least strike a deal with the evil empire (Impark) to subsidize customer parking
Just to add to sharonanne's reply
Lot # 7
209 - 9 Ave SW (Across the street from Rush; a block from DiVino)
$2 Evenings everyday 4 pm to 6 am; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 6 am to 6 pm
On-street parking is free after 6PM - just make sure you aren't in a loading zone or something.
And isn't there still free evening parking on Stephen Ave (after they open up the little gates at the intersections.
Great posts everyone!
Even the mini debate on the AGLC Act. If you want to dork out and have a bit of a laugh, check out the enforcement orders on the AGLC website. A grand fine here, a grand fine there... Peanuts...
Talk about a toothless watchdog! (Not that I'm complaining.)
Keep 'em coming
An interesting column in the Herald today. Many of the deals already noted here.
Optimism (and change) on Stephen Avenue
A few evenings ago, I strolled down Stephen Avenue to gauge the temperature of dining on our most corporate restaurant row. Now that we're a few months into the recession, I wanted to see how those places that have been so strongly supported by the corporate credit card are faring.
The comments I heard from most chefs and restaurateurs echoed the rumours I've been hearing over the past few months: spending is down; head counts are down; rent, taxes and food costs, however, are not. Many corporate credit cards have been given tighter limits while others have been pulled altogether. And while some places appear to be unaffected--or at least say they are--others are down anywhere from 40 to 60 per cent from last year. But they're not sitting still and crying in their beer. Changes are happening.