We’re two weeks out from Cape Cod Restaurant Week, so while chefs finalize their prix-fixe menus we’re going to flashback to three of our participating restaurants and see where they are now!
The Red Pheasant Inn
Husband and wife team Bill and Denise Atwood have turned this 200-year-old barn into a New England dining staple. Being on the Cape the pair try, “to give the shoulder season a lift. New ideas are always welcomed and especially when it focuses on Cape Cod and reaching more people,” Denise explained to us last year.
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The Box Office Cafe and Bistro
Fine dining without all the fuss, that’s the idea behind The Box Office Café, where the rustic, simple and delicious menu is white tablecloth-worthy but the vibe is totally casual. They made their Cape Cod Restaurant Week debut last Spring saying, “This will be a new adventure for us, which is kind of our thing. We opened this restaurant on a wing and a prayer, counting on our tenacity and our hard work to carry us through. After 10 years, to hit the refresh button the way we have, it’s like opening the restaurant all over again. There is no certainty to what each day is going to bring, or how people will respond, which is a little scary, but also hugely rewarding. I’ll be the first to admit: we’re a little bit different, and we’re certainly off the beaten path. We’re a hidden gem, and nothing pleases me more than when people discover us and embrace what we do”
And with the staff returning from a European food tour just in time for the Fall’s restaurant week edition- we’re even happier to have them back!
Academy Ocean Grille
We’re welcoming back Academy Ocean Grille for their second season, but we know we’re going to have a hard time choosing from veal, swordfish sole and a frutta de mare from their prix-fixe menu! Last year Erica told us “Since this will be our first RW, we really don’t know what to expect. The biggest thing that we are looking forward to is introducing the Grille to new customers. We get so many people that stop in and they say ‘we have passed by here so many times’ or ‘we never knew you were here’. Those lines sting a little, but the sting goes away when they follow those comments with ‘you are our new favorite restaurant”, ‘that was the best meal I have had in a while’ or ‘can we make a reservation for tomorrow night?’”
It’s good to have you back old friend! We hope many more will come by to discover their new favorite restaurant!
Want to learn more about the people and cuisine behind Cape Cod Restaurant Week? Be on the lookout for more interviews and photos as we get closer to kicking the week off. In the meantime, we’re adding menus every single day so be sure to check in with CapeCodRestaurantWeek.com and make those reservations soon!