KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) – It doesn’t take a Restaurant Week special to bring people to Frank’s Diner in Kenosha. The food speaks for itself.
“I eat here often,” said John Parker, who enjoyed breakfast at Frank’s Diner on Sunday morning. “I try to eat something new all the time, but I always feel like I’m going to the same place.”
However, the annual week celebrating local restaurants and food outlets gives these establishments the opportunity to showcase products from their hometown and the community they call home.
“We love to say this is the week we love to hate,” joked owner Keven Ervin, who took over the popular restaurant with his wife, Julie Rittmiller, more than a decade ago. “It brings in a lot of business, but it really takes a lot more work.”
Ervin has a great staff that helps him keep the restaurant going, and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty a bit, helping cook some of Frank’s Diner’s homemade cinnamon rolls. .
“I’m making a double batch of cinnamon rolls because it’s restaurant week,” Ervin said. “Probably all week I’ll do double doses.”
Frank’s Diner has been part of Restaurant Week since the annual tradition began eight years ago.
The nine-day event features more than fifty restaurants, many of which are offering restaurant week specials and discounts. It aims to encourage people to get outside and support local businesses during the winter months, especially after two difficult years for the restaurant industry and the city of Kenosha.
“It’s really important to everyone,” Ervin explained. “It’s bringing people back to the streets. Kenosha had a bit of a rough patch about a year ago, but it’s getting people everywhere saying, ‘Hey look, Kenosha is a nice place. It’s a great little place; safe little town to come to.’ It makes people come to downtown Kenosha and say, ‘Yeah, that’s a cool little place. I’d like to see the town.'”
Restaurant week lasts until Sunday, February 27, 2022. For a list of participating restaurants, visit the website here.