The Whitehall Area Chamber Presents:
The 7th Annual Whitehall Area Restaurant Week
Sunday, April 11th – April 17th, 2021
The Whitehall Area Chamber, proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce presents its first 7th Annual Whitehall Area Restaurant Week!
A growing momentum of support for local businesses has been evident throughout the Lehigh Valley, especially when it comes to “eating local.” With recent changes in dining guidelines, diners are ready to eat out, eat local and support local businesses with fewer restrictions in place – and the Whitehall Area Chamber offers great Restaurant Week deals just in time!
While restaurants will still be at reduced capacity (75% or 50%, depending on self-certification status), the Whitehall Area Chamber encouraged participating businesses to focus on dine-in, take out and gift card deals to best suit the needs of the restaurant. With several local restaurants participating, they rose to the challenge!
The 7th Annual Whitehall Area Restaurant Week will be coming to the municipalities of Whitehall Township and Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Coplay Boroughs. Happening from April 11 through April 17, 2021, the week-long event is designed to shine a spotlight on the diverse and delicious restaurants the Whitehall Area while bringing in new customers to local favorites.
“The Lehigh Valley has embraced the Restaurant Week this year in full,” said Jessica O’Donnell, EVP of Affiliated Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We have seen successful restaurant weeks in Bethlehem, Greater Northern Lehigh, East Penn, Northampton… the common theme is that our communities are excited to support local in these challenging times!”
Participating restaurants will offer “set-price” or “prix fixe” breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or dessert selections with both takeout, dine-in, and curbside options. Kylie Adams, AVP of Affiliated Chambers, said, “More than ever, we wanted to adapt our Restaurant Week model to fit our businesses. Even with lightened restrictions in place, so many are still operating with reduced staff and continuing to overcome challenges that the last year has presented; we won’t see the number of businesses participating or the same shoulder-to-shoulder lines out the door we’ve seen in past years, but the desire is still there! We’re hoping to use this as the support they need to push through as we reopen normally in the months to come.”
Menus are designed to satisfy a spectrum of palates, budgets and lifestyles. In their 7th Annual event, Whitehall Area Chamber will be featuring menus from seven local restaurants. Dunderbak’s, for example, is offering a “Retro Menu,” featuring off-menu favorites from their 43 years in business. Sample their Lobster Bisque ($5.99), their 1977 favorite double decker, “The Red Baron” (corned beef, weinkraut, swiss cheese and 1000 island dressing on the bottom, with Turkey, Lettuce and tomato on top, $11.49), amongst others.
If you’re looking for something lighter, Blocker’s Coffeehouse (of 309 Front Street, Catasauqua), will be featuring a free 12 ounce drip coffee with a slice of quiche. For the “Over 21” crowd, Taylor House Brewing (76 Lehigh Street, Catasauqua), will be offering a gift card deal ($25 gift card for $20), and offering 15% off mix-and-match four packs of their locally brewed beers.
Also participating is Chik-fil-A Whitehall (located at 2610 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall). They are offering up a $23 special that includes a 30-Count order of nuggets, 2 large fries, 2 large soft drinks and 2 brownies. The Burger Shack (located on First Ave., Whitehall), will be serving up their regular menu, which features their signature stuffed burgers as well as vegetarian/vegan options, wraps and salads, for an overall 10% discount off your entire purchase.
Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie (301 Mulberry St, Catasauqua, PA) will be offering daily specials, including Mexican Monday Specials, $6 12-inch Cheesesteaks on Tuesdays, and more. Customers can easily become VIP Members this week by texting “CC” to 610-510-8996 to receive restaurant specials regularly.
“We are participating because we’re Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub and Pie,” said Jay Cimerol, owner of the “Catty Corner.” “We are a part of this neighborhood, we support our neighborhood, and we know how important it is to support each other, just as we’ve done all year.”
Reservations are strongly recommended at each restaurant, especially with current mandates in place. With most restaurants operating at 75% capacity, smaller restaurants are filling up quickly. Despite this, Dan Quay, of LVHN and Chair of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, noted, “With COVID putting an unprecedented strain on many of our local restaurants and eateries, we’re hopeful that Restaurant Week will motivate the community to support their local businesses in a COVID-safe way.” Calling ahead, if reservations are not made, is encouraged, and asking for takeout options is suggested as well.
“Whitehall Area’s restaurant scene is so diverse,” said Kylie Adams, who added that the community buzz on social media has been growing. “From small local spots to established corporate chains and franchises, there is so many options to support local and eat various cuisines. Foodies, the Whitehall Area shouldn’t fly under your radar – there’s a lot of delicious options packed into our neighborhoods!”
With seven restaurants participating from throughout the Whitehall Area (including Whitehall Township, North Catasauqua, Catasauqua and Coplay), the variety of restaurants are sure to please. Participating restaurants include: Catty Corner Pub & Pie (301 Mulberry St, Catasauqua, PA), Dunderbak’s Market Café (121 Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall, PA), Chick-fil-A Whitehall (2610 MacArthur Rd, Whitehall), Blocker’s Coffeehouse (309 Front St, Catasauqua, PA), Taylor House Brewing (76 Lehigh St, Catasauqua, PA), Tony’s Top-Cat Bar & Grill (607 Front St, Catasauqua, PA), and The Burger Shack (2011 N 1st Ave #3901, Whitehall, PA).
Jim McConnell, of Sam’s Club of Allentown (a Bronze Event Sponsor), chairs the annual event and stated “It is our honor to support our local hard working restaurant owners! Please come out this week and get some great food.”
“Our Restaurant Week concept has built so much momentum across the Lehigh Valley, continuing to grow from year to year. As we kick off our seventh year in Whitehall, we’re excited to shine a spotlight on our participating restaurants to not only to our local residents, but to foodies across the Lehigh Valley,” said Jessica O’Donnell, EVP, Affiliated Chambers.
When: Sunday, April 11 – Saturday, April 17, 2021
Pricing Information: Varies. Menus can be viewed here: https://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/whitehallarearw.html
Gilboy Ford: Gold Sponsor
WFMZ: Gold Sponsor
Bartlett Tree Experts: Gold Sponsor
Sam’s Club: Bronze Sponsor
iHeart Media: Media Sponsor
WAEB: Media Sponsor
About the Chamber: The mission of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Area. We accomplish this through business-to-business networking events and marketing products, affinity programs and exclusive, money saving member benefits, training programs, government affairs initiatives and public policy advocacy, and community development enterprises. With nearly 5,000 members who employ more than 200,000, the Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in the top ten nationwide.
Information provided to TVL by:
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
Assistant Vice President of Affiliated Chambers (WACC, GNLCC, NCC) & Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation