Fredericksburg Winter Restaurant Week 2021
In a world where so many things are up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Restaurant Week is one thing Fredericks-burgers can always depend on. This year, Winter Restaurant Week is themed “The ‘Burg In A Bag” and emphasizes takeout and delivery specials.
From Jan. 15 to 24, locals can try new restaurant or revisit old favorites with special menus and reduced prices.
And this year, thanks to the generous support of the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority, the annual event is even more affordable. The Fredericksburg Visitor Center is now selling gift cards discounted by 20 percent to the following participating restaurants:
Adventure Brewing Company
Brock’s Riverside Grill
Capital Ale House
La Petite Auberge
Spencer Devon Brewing
Sunken Well Tavern
Soup & Taco 2
Vivify Burger & Lounge
Each participating restaurant has options ending in .21 to reflect the year. The event has also expanded to include restaurants in the city that are not in the downtown corridor.
For example, Patriot Subs in Eagle Village has a restaurant week special for anyone who might want takeout, with lunch and dinner combos range from $10.21 to $40.21 for an individual, couple or crowd.
Russell Picerno opened Patriot Subs in 2019, just six months before the pandemic took hold. Business slowed and he was forced to reduce staff. Picerno is there working seven days a week and is happy to make recommendations to new customers. It helps that he loves the food he’s serving. It’s fresh, fast and encompasses the many culinary traditions of America.
That comes through in the restaurant’s patriotic décor, as well as menu items like the Manhattan deli-inspired corned beef Rueben, the Italian sub celebrating Italian Americans, Maryland crab soup, and spicy Thai chicken soup. Picerno said he offers a kid’s menu, gluten free options and vegan items. For him, surviving the pandemic means offering a variety of quality food to cater to every customer.
But the restaurant is also “extremely clean” he said, and they are adhering to masking requirements and six feet of distance between tables.
Need masks and maintain distance.
Like Patriot Subs, Foode and its sister restaurant Mercantile on Princess Anne Street are doing everything they can to protect staff and customers. They have reduced capacity by half to adhere to distancing requirements, which includes eliminated bar seating. Staff wear masks and gloves in the building and are subject to daily temperature checks. Guests must also mask-up when not dining. And to keep the public safe, single-use condiments are available and to-go items are securely sealed.
These lengths aren’t unique to this restaurant, though. Every eatery in the city is taking these measures.
Co-owner and chef Joy Crump said,
“Our standing throughout this year has been the same–FOODE + Mercantile, like we believe every restaurant in Fredericksburg, puts the cleanliness and the safety of our guests at the top of our list of priorities. For those of us in foodservice, these protocols aren’t new, we just choose to be more transparent than ever about the practices most of us already have in place. Our livelihood depends on us not increasing the public risk. And I think we all see the importance of meeting or exceeding the precautions put in place on the State and National levels.”
She is offering a classic coursed tasting menu for Winter Restaurant Week. It’s a menu that works will with the historic setting of the restaurant and its longstanding affiliation with the event, participating in each one since 2011.
“Maybe it’s because 2020 was such a disruptive year—to say the least—or maybe because we’ve done so much pivoting in our restaurants lately, but we were all craving a little bit of tradition this restaurant week.”
Crump said they are constantly gauging the public’s comfort level and interests, “and clearly, they want options for dining.”
Find out more at FredericksburgRestaurantWeek.com.