There’s more to Mishawaka’s dining scene than the national chains lining Grape Road, and a new restaurant week in town wants to prove it.
Eight downtown Mishawaka restaurants will join in an celebration of local, independent eateries during the inaugural Riverwalk Dining Days, July 23 through August 2.
Similar to South Bend’s bi-annual restaurant week, establishments participating in Riverwalk Dining Days have crafted special discounted menu prices at three levels: $11, $22 and $33.
July 23 to Aug. 2
Co-organizer Laura Boyle said she aims for the 11-day event to highlight those small businesses within short distance of the riverwalk and the city’s Kamm Island.
Boyle said her unfamiliarity with the downtown area spurred her planning initiative.
“I walk my dogs – I have two rescue mutts – and I walk them at the riverwalk a lot,” said Boyle, a marketing consultant with the event’s media partner WSBT Radio Group. “It occurred to me that I don’t know much about what’s available in downtown Mishawaka.”
Participating restaurants include Doc Pierce’s Restaurant, Main St. Grille, Morgan’s & Little Black Dog Tavern, Olivia’s Bar & Restaurant, Smith’s Downtown, The Smokestack Brew, The Wolf’s Den and Zing Japanese Fusion.
Ten percent of every purchase from the special menu will be directed toward the Mishawaka Food Pantry.
Riverwalk Dining Days is planned to commence the day after Kamm Island Fest, as Boyle and other organizers “wanted to piggyback on the excitement that Kamm Island Fest brings to downtown.”
“This whole thing is to completely support our local independents, and the food bank, of course,” Boyle said. “It’s the local independents that are really our life-blood.”