Downtown Wausau dining-deal week returns

By: Laura Schulte at the Wausau Daily Herald

Restaurants in downtown Wausau are gearing up to offer a week of deals on dining.

Downtown Wausau Dining Week will return for its second year, starting April 17 and running through April 21. During that time, downtown restaurants will offer three-course meals ranging from $7 to $12 for lunch and $10 to $35 for dinner, according to a press release from the Wausau River District.

Participating restaurants include 319 Bistro, Allister Deacon's Coffee House, Back When Café, Chatterbox Bar, City Grill, La Prima Deli, J. Gumbo's, Jalapeno's Mexican Restaurante & Bar, Malarkey's Pub/Townie's Grill, The Mint Cafe, Polito's Pizza, Rosati's Pizza and Peking.

Wausau hosted its first Downtown Dining week in 2016 and the event drew thousands of restaurant patrons, according to the press release.

"The main objectives of Downtown Wausau Dining Week are to show off the talent and diversity downtown restaurants have to offer," said Tyler Vogt, owner of Malarkey's pub and co-coordinator of the event, in the release. "There is a solid group of places that have 25 years of experience, as well as new places with hip and innovative menus. Within just a few blocks, you can get American, Chinese, Cajun, deli, bistro and great bar food. ... We want to help make it habit for people to stop downtown and dine anytime."

Customers will have a chance to win a package of gift certificates, valued between $130 and $260, to each participating restaurant. To enter the drawing, customers need to collect their receipts from three participating restaurants throughout the week and drop them off at the Wausau River District, 316 Scott St. with contact information. The winners of the three packages will be announced the week after Downtown Wausau Dining Week.

For more information or to see specialized menus, visit www.downtownwausaudining.com.

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