Niles introduces inaugural Restaurant Week

Published 2:09 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2021

NILES – The first-ever Niles Restaurant Week will take place the first week of March, beginning Monday, March 1 and continuing through Sunday, March 7.

Niles Restaurant Week will feature more than a dozen local restaurants in the 49120 area code, including Create Bar & Grill, Iron Shoe Distillery, Gabrizio Italian Café and Bakery, Apothica Teas, and many more local favorites, that will feature unique, limited-time menus, specials and events as part of this week-long celebration of Niles local cuisine.

“I am excited about our upcoming restaurant week to showcase all of the unique offerings that Niles has to offer,” said Laura Tuthill, owner of Iron Shoe Distillery. “As a local restaurant owner, I can attest to the fact that it’s never been more important to support local restaurants, as this pandemic has hit the industry hard. This is also a wonderful opportunity to establish Niles as a destination for dining out in the greater Michiana area and to highlight all of the other great businesses here in Niles, as I hope patrons will take time to explore our wonderful city.”

Earlier this year, a small group of community leaders gathered together to discuss and begin organizing the new restaurant-focused event. Representatives from the new Create Bar & Grill, the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce, Iron Shoe Distillery and Niles Downtown Development Authority/Main Street, sought a means to support local small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent mitigation efforts.

Niles Restaurant Week was designed to help drive business to local restaurants that have faced unprecedented challenges due to current events.

“Participating in Niles Restaurant Week means showcasing our support for our friends and neighbors that make Niles home, and showing them just how much we value their impact on our community,” said Eileen Villanueva, Membership Coordinator at the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce. “This is the time to take action to ensure that the local businesses that make up our community have the support that they need to revive and thrive in 2021.”

All community members are encouraged to visit each participating business during the first week of March and show their support for our local restaurants.

Below is a full list of participating restaurants:

  • Apothica Teas
  • Brew Ha Ha Café
  • Create Bar & Grill
  • El Amigo Pepe’s
  • Front Street Pizza Pub
  • Gabrizio Italian Café & Bakery
  • Iron Shoe Distillery
  • Jim’s Smokin’ Café
  • Joey Armadillo’s
  • Lakeside Bar & Grill
  • Niles Brewing Company
  • Pizza Transit
  • Plaza Restaurant
  • Prime Table Restaurant
  • Veni’s Sweet Shop
  • Wings Etc.


To stay up to date on all things Niles Restaurant Week, interested parties may follow the event on Facebook at

Niles Restaurant Week is sponsored by: Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C., Lake Michigan College, Dr. Richard Beckermeyer, DDS, U.S. Signcrafters, Federated Media, Circle Federal Credit Union, Express Employment Professionals, Southwestern Michigan College, C&S Machine, Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, Old National Bank, and Silverbrook Manufactured Housing Community.