First CORTEX Restaurant Week Kicks Off Today

The first Cortex restaurant week debuts on Monday, April 1st to Sunday, April 7th. Today Saturday, March 30th IKEA will kick off the celebration with free Swedish Meatballs tastings at in their store from 11am to 1pm.

Cortex Restaurant Week was created by Phyllis Ellison of Cortex and Brianna Tobias of CIC to celebrate the many amenities Cortex offers and recognize the restaurants in the immediate vicinity, plus encourage Cortex members and the general public to patronage our local eateries.

To find out about lunch and dinner specials visit:

The list of restaurants participating in the inaugural celebration includes VICIA, The Chocolate Pig, Retreat Gastro Pub, Juniper, IKEA, The Scottish Arms, Lion’s Choice, Park Avenue Coffee, Scarlett’s Wine Bar, Blk Mkt Eats, Yiro/Gyro, Kaldi’s and Narwhal’s Crafted.

Each eaterie offers lunch and dinner daily specials during the week-long event.

Offers From Participating Restaurants Include:

The Chocolate Pig
$10 lunch special
$35 Prix Fixe 3-course Dinner Special
10% of proceeds from the week will be donated to the St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association

Buy One, Get One free for the Swedish-American Breakfast

Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co.
Buy One, Get One free for any drink from 3pm to close with mention of Cortex Restaurant Week

Lion’s Choice
$3 off an entrée salad with mention of Cortex Restaurant Week

Narwhal’s Crafted
Check out the special flavors for Restaurant Week: Macha Gin & Tonic and Junglebird.
$2 off any size of both special flavors drinks (Gin &Tonic and Junglebird)
Buy One, Get One free for any 12oz frozen cocktail if customer brings in a receipt from another participating restaurant of Cortex Restaurant Week.

Park Avenue Coffee
20% off Breakfast Bowls and Lunch Sandwiches, Wraps or Salads when you mention Cortex Restaurant Week

Lunch: Free pastry with purchase of select any 2/3 lunch items for Cortex District employees
Happy Hour: 2 for 1 featured wine and beer for Cortex District employees
Dinner: 1/2 off our Purple Top Turnip Tacos for any diner mentioning Cortex Restaurant Week

10% off for all orders, with mention of Cortex Restaurant Week

The Scottish Arms Restaurant & Bar
Lunch: 15% off the lunch menu Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm

Extended Happy Hour from 2pm – 7pm Monday – Friday, including a special promo of J.Rieger’s from Kansas City highlighting their Vodka, Gin, & Whiskey, and discounted appetizers

Remember to mention Cortex Restaurant Week.

Blk Mkt Eats
Buy One entrée, get a free drink and wonton chips with mention of Cortex Restaurant Week

Scarlett’s Wine Bar
20% off with mention of Cortex Restaurant Week (not valid on certain bottles of wine)

Retreat Gastropub
Lunch: mention Cortex Restaurant week for 20% off all food items
Dinner: mention Cortex Restaurant week for 25% off small plates, soups, and salads (max 2 per person) and 25% off desserts

Lunch: $10 lunch Entrée including two sides + cookie
Dinner: $18 dinner Entrée including 2 sides + cookie
Special entrees will change daily.

Related Coverage on Alive Magazine: Enjoy Savory (and Sweet) Specials During Cortex Restaurant Week

Jonathan Allen is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of EQ. Formerly the President and Co-founder of Longneck & Thunderfoot (L&T), a brand publishing company incubated at the Columbia University Startup Lab in NYC, Jonathan moved to St. Louis in the summer of 2016 after receiving an Arch Grant.