Main Street Iowa has announced MSI Restaurant Week will take place Friday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Sept. 24. The event is a collection of activities featuring local eateries in the 54 Main Street Iowa communities during these 10 days in September.
A local committee met recently and decided to join the statewide event with specials and a giveaway at all 11 Main Street restaurants and food providers, plus seven more in Mount Vernon and Lisbon, for a total of 18 participating eateries.
The theme of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Restaurant Week will be “Meet the Culinary Artists of Mount Vernon and Lisbon” and will offer a passport and map detailing the specials at all 18 participating stops. Patrons getting a passport signed at five of the 18 stops will get the opportunity for a weekend stay in Mount Vernon courtesy of Sleep Inn & Suites (subject to availability).
Scheduled to take part in the event are the following food providers:
Addy’s Public House (Marc)
126 E. Main St., Lisbon, Iowa
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For Restaurant Week, Addy’s Public House will be offering a fish and chips special for $7. The dish is made with fresh cut Atlantic Cod, beer-battered and served with hand-cut fries. Also, Happy Hour specials are offered Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Alger’s Pizza Palace (Rawley)
106 1st St. SW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
Alger family has owned and operated this pizza restaurant for 31 years. The restaurant’s East Wall is covered in a large mural, painted by Mickey Woods that challenges patrons to find 40 hidden things in the mural. For Restaurant Week, Pizza Palace will be offering a “large for a medium charge.”
Baxa’s Sutliff Store and Tavern (Trent)
5546 130th St. NE, Lisbon
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Baxa’s Sutliff Store and Tavern sits on the Cedar River adjacent to the Sutliff Bridge, an historic structure that offers a one-of-a-kind view and experience. Diners can choose to eat in or sit outside and take in views of river. For Restaurant Week, Sutliff Store and Tavern will be offering a Breaded Chicken Club with French Fries for a mere $7.95.
Big’s BBQ Brewpub (Phil)
124 2nd Ave. NW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This former rental house in the Main Street District is now home to Big’s BBQ Brewpub. For restaurant Week, Big’s will be offering brisket burnt ends, BBQ Chili and a special Octoberfest beer as well as home-brewed root beer floats. Also during Restaurant Week, all beer will be half price until 6 p.m.
102 E. Main St., Lisbon
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to close
Bill’s always offers a very popular Saturday night steak dinner. For Restaurant Week, Bill’s is offering Happy Hours specials every day. While there, check out the original landscape painting created in 1966 by artist “Pleten.”
Bon Appetit at Cornell College (Nic)
600 1st Ave. SW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 730 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m.
This locally sourced, scratch-cooked eatery offers all-you-can-eat buffet-style meals. During Restaurant Week, for one price, choose from Ethiopian, Spanish, American Classics, Italian, soup/salad bar and daily fresh-baked desserts.
Chameleon’s Pub & Grub (Jonny)
119 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to late night.
For Restaurant Week, Chameleon’s Pub & Grub will be offering a Waldorf Chicken Salad special and a Bourbon Burger with fries special, each item just $10.
Fuel Art & Espresso (Pat)
103 1st St. NE, Mount Vernon
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mama Ouverson has been making Fuel’s baked goods from scratch for more than 12 years. Expect some special baked items for Restaurant Week where Fuel also will offer 20 percent off all Fuel swag.
119 W. Main St., Lisbon
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Gwen’s is a family owned and operated restaurant serving meals in the same spot for 36 years. For Restaurant Week, Gwen plans to offer a Hot Beef special for $6.95. She also offers buffets every noon and night.
Java Hut (Dave)
353 Highway 30 SW
Hours: Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Java Hut is the only coffee shop in the area that delivers. For Restaurant Week, Java Hut is offering 20 percent off the “Drink of the Day” and if you buy a $25 gift card, you get a $5 gift card for free.
Lincoln Wine Bar (Josh)
125 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.ish
The Lincoln Wine Bar offers wood-fired pizza utilizing an oven that was specially made for the restaurant in Naples, Italy. For Restaurant Week, The Lincoln Wine Bar will be offering $10 Margarita pizzas every day till 6 p.m.
The Local Crumb (Aaron)
221 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Farmer’s Market vendor (most) Thursdays, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Small-scale, wholesale bakery producing naturally leavened breads using Iowa-milled grains. This non-retail bakery is open by chance during Restaurant Week, but local restaurant The Lincoln Wine Bar has agreed to offer Local Crumb sourdough and baguettes for sale through Wednesday of Restaurant Week.
Mount Vernon Confections (Mickey)
118 1st St. SW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Chocolate shop and ice cream parlor uses fruit from owner’s family farm in many recipes. For Restaurant Week, Mount Vernon Confections will be offering 25 percent off chocolate and ice cream made with farm-fresh fruit.
Palisades Café (Chris)
117 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Palisades serves “artful food with a local flair” and always offers an art exhibit over three of the restaurant’s four walls. For Restaurant Week, Palisades will be offering a free beverage with lunch or dinner; or a ½ price glass of wine with the purchase of an entrée (dinner only).
The Perfect Blend Shortbread Company (Ann)
224 1st St. SW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Perfect Blend Shortbread Company is housed inside a 162-year-old brick building on Mount Vernon’s historic 1st Street, and shares its space with a gift shop, art gallery and a knitting shop. For Restaurant, The Perfect Blend will be offering “Baker’s Dozen” pricing on its shortbread. Stop in anytime for free samples.
109 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Scorz Bar and Grill is a local sports bar with a great menu and game room. For Restaurant Week, Scorz will be offering a Burger and Fries special for $6.99, includes fountain drink.
Skillet Café (Adin)
101 1st St. NE, Mount Vernon
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays also open for dinner, 5 to 8 p.m.
Skillet Café is offering Porchetta for $10.95 during Restaurant Week. The Porchetta is a slow-roasted pork loin thinly sliced with slow-cooked greens and goat cheese on house-made Italian flat bread. This will be served with a fresh tomato pesto pasta salad.
382 Sutliff Road, Lisbon
Hours: Open Sundays only, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Local Cidery will be offering 25 percent off first pitcher of hard cider during Restaurant Week. Live music starts at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24.
Plan to spend Sept. 15 to 24 in the area and get to know the culinary artists of Mount Vernon and Lisbon.