In the topsy-turvy restaurant industry, two decades may as well be an eternity – great eateries fall victim to difficult locations, tough economic times and challenging circumstances all the time. So it’s no wonder a place that reaches its 20-year anniversary would want to mark the milestone in a big way, especially when it pulls into that rarified territory not only surviving, but thriving.
That’s the happy situation on the city’s now-bustling Restaurant Row of Randolph Street, as VIVO toasts its 20th year as one of the pioneers and major success stories on this formerly forlorn stretch of the West Loop the best way it knows how – with a great lunch and dinner special. From November 1st through the 15th, diners can enjoy a hearty three-course Italian feast – including antipasto, soup or appetizer, a choice of several pastas and entrees, and a delectable dessert – all for just $20 (with a portion of each check going to the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, a cause close to the heart of VIVO owner Dan Krasny). 838 W. Randolph. 312/733-3379.
A birthday party where the guests get the present? Now that’s worth celebrating!