Source, The Times Herald, Gary Puleo
UPPER MERION — Whether your taste buds are hankering for Crispy Shrimp Tacos, Chicken Scaloppine or a no-frills New York strip steak and baked potato, KOP Restaurant Week is the time to indulge in your cravings for a worthy cause.
The popular event, which got its start in 2014 as dineKOP, returns March 9 through 15, with a variety of prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 and dinner menus for $20, $30 or $40.
Even if you’re not in a “fine dining” mode, many of King of Prussia’s fast casual restaurants offer deals all week long while donating a portion of proceeds to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
“KOP Restaurant Week is a great way for us to celebrate being in King of Prussia,” said Narula, President and CEO of the Tiffin brand. “Our customers here are terrific and have given us a lot of support. What better way to show our appreciation than to support the kids and families who rely on CHOP? We have been a part of Restaurant Week since our arrival here and we will continue to support it.”
Newcomer to the King of Prussia dining scene Pepper’s by Amedeo’s, 175 Town Center Road, King of Prussia, features a two-course $15 lunch menu that includes choice of appetizer (fried Calamari, bruschetta, garlic parmigiana fries or Caprese salad) and a second course of either Hot Roast Pork Sandwich, Margherita Pizza, Amedeo’s Special Sandwich (grilled chicken, spinach, mushroom, melted provolone, on a 12-inch roll) or Fish and Chips, with beer-battered cod.
Other participating restaurants include Bahama Breeze; Bartaco; Bonefish Grill; Chili’s Grill & Bar; City Works Eatery & Pourhouse; Creed’s Seafood & Steaks; Eddie V’s Prime Seafood; Fogo de Chao; Founding Farmers; J. Alexander’s; Legal Sea Foods; Maggiano’s Little Italy; Morton’s The; Steakhouse; North Italia; Outback Steakhouse; Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar; Peppers by Amedeo’s; Plaza Azteca; Revolution Chophouse; Ruth’s Chris Steak House; Savona; Seasons 52; Sullivan’s Steakhouse; The Capital Grille; The Melting Pot; The Pub by Wegmans; True Food Kitchen; Valley Tavern and Yard House
On the fast food and fast casual side of things are B. GOOD; Chick-fil-a; Dairy Queen; honeygrow; Naf Naf Grill; Pink’s Hot Dogs; Shake Shack (outside mall); Shake Shack (in mall); The Habit Burger Grill and The Halal Guys.
These restaurants, along with 20 retailers participating in KOP Shops for CHOP, all donate a portion of proceeds to CHOP.
The mixed bag of retailers include: Kendra Scott; Kilwins; Kunda Beverage; Lilly Pulitzer; Lord and Taylor; Petals Florist; Road Runner Sports; Ted Baker London; The Escape Game; Tourneau; Vera Bradley; Vineyard Vines; Waxing the City; Workhorse Brewing Co; Marmi and Paula Hian.
Kilwins Chocolate, Fudge & Ice Cream, 255 Main St., King of Prussia Town Center, is on board for the second year, noted co-owner Gary Simpson.
“Kilwins King of Prussia is pleased to be participating in KOP Shops for CHOP for the second straight year, It’s a fun community-wide event with the proceeds going to a great local cause, CHOP,” he said. “Kilwins KOP will donate 10 percent of our sales, from March 9 through 13, to KOP Shops For CHOP and we will also offer our customers daily specials during that period to encourage their participation in this great event.”
KOP Restaurant Week and KOP Shops for CHOP are the region’s only week-long shopping and restaurant events benefiting a charitable entity. This year, sponsor King of Prussia District is coordinating a community-wide effort to support CHOP, working with Upper Merion Area School District (UMASD) to raise funds and awareness.
Since its inception, this annual event has raised $112,500 for CHOP.
During the week, many restaurants will also host special Ambassador Dinners for children and their families currently in treatment at CHOP, like Porter, a happy-go-lucky 7-year-old boy from Collegeville, who is a part of the hospital’s Trisomy 21 Program, and Mason, a 16-year-old star athlete from Villanova, who is undergoing cancer therapy for Leukemia.
Porter and his family are dining at Founding Farmers on Thursday, March 5, and Mason and his family are being hosted by Sullivan’s Steakhouse on Monday, March 9.
For a full list of restaurant specials visit koprestaurantweek.com