- Business Advocacy
Downtown Alhambra successfully offered its first Taste of Alhambra Restaurant Week, which took place Jan. 22 through Jan. 28 as part of Visit California Restaurant Month.
The promotion gave the city a chance to show off and spotlight the culinary talents and diverse cuisines of Downtown Alhambra’s bustling restaurant scene. Diners enjoyed options such as Italian, American continental, Asian Fusion, Japanese, Thai, Hawaiian, Korean, Irish, Peruvian, Indian, Mexican, and more.
In Restaurant Week’s inaugural year, 15 restaurants participated, including Mancora Peruvian, Shakas Hawaiian, Budda Belly Modern Kitchen, Charlie’s Trio Café, Vino at Trios, 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, Sage Bistro 626, Limericks Tavern, Big Catch Seafood House, Diner on Main, Bon Appetea Café, Side Bar Grill, and Mahan Indian.
The weeklong event generated a lot of buzz and attracted Alhambra locals and in-the-know foodies, along with new patrons in neighboring Los Angeles cities. The food was the main attraction, but the great deals also drew people into restaurants.
“The prix-fixe menus and specials offered by the participating eateries gave diners a chance to try restaurants they normally wouldn’t have tried,” said Walther Adrianzen, executive chef at Mancora Peruvian Cuisine. Mancora’s five-course gourmet menu offered a lot of value for $49, which normally would have been double the cost.
For Budda Belly Modern Kitchen, which opened its doors in September 2017, restaurant week was another introduction to the community that helped entice new customers. “Wewere busier than usual all week long, and it was exciting to see that,” said Manager John Han.
Mike Fata, co-owner of Vino at Trios, Charlie’s Trio Café, and 38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, added, “Overall, Taste of Alhambra was a very positive and successful week. Hopefully it becomes a twice-a-year event, as it brought a lot of needed energy to the downtown area.”