Eastwood Event Centre Launches Friday Carryouts

NILES, Ohio – A new Friday night takeout option introduced by Eastwood Event Centre offers an opportunity for patrons who haven’t attended an event there to sample the venue’s offerings.

The event center, which opened in fall 2020, introduced the service in an email to subscribers to the Eastwood Mall Complex email list Wednesday morning. Patrons can scan the QR code in the email to link to a site where they place their orders for Friday evening.

Order cutoff is noon Wednesdays, so the deadline is past for this week. Orders can be picked up from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays, and customers can specify a time for pickup when they order.

This week is the first week for the service, Jeff Boros, Eastwood Event Centre general manager, said. He sees people pick up takeout meals from restaurants in the mall including Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.

“It’s basically because of the environment we’re in,” Boros said. At the end of the work week, people want to pick up dinner and go home. This time of year also is “a little slow” for events, “so we wanted to get a little creative and think out of the box,” he said.   

“It’s a good outreach on their part. A lot of people may not have had the chance to sample some of the wonderful stuff they make out of their kitchen,” said Joe Bell, director of corporate communications for the Cafaro Co., which operates the mall complex. “This is a good way to introduce people to some of the cuisine they have.”

Friday’s offering, at $24 per person, is chicken francaise with roasted potatoes and green beans, wedding soup, and New York cheesecake with blueberry compote and raspberry compote on the side. Kids meals at $10 per child include chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese and two chocolate chip cookies.

Add-ons, including quarts of soup, cheesecake slices and bottles of wine, also are available.

Boros said he expects offerings to change every week or two, with potentially a Southern-themed menu one week, Asian food another or a “feast of the fishes” as Lent approaches.

Plans are to continue the Friday carryouts for the next three months, into spring, but that could change if event bookings make that impractical and the option resumes later in the year.

“I’d like to keep it all year-round,” Boros said.

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