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Restaurants counting on happy hour specials

<p>Chef-owner Jimmy Banos heads out of the kitchen with "lagniappe" or a little something extra for diners at&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>Heaven&nbsp;on&nbsp;Seven&nbsp;in&nbsp;Naperville. Leslie Barbaro/Staff Photographer&nbsp;</p>

Chef-owner Jimmy Banos heads out of the kitchen with "lagniappe" or a little something extra for diners at Heaven on Seven in Naperville. Leslie Barbaro/Staff Photographer 

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The list Sue Maloney is always updating her list of local eateries and the happy hour deals they are offering at napervillenewcomersandneighborsclub.com/happy-hours-specials-2-22-14.pdf. She says to always confirm specials with the location before going or understand if they are changed at the last minute. To include other restaurants or offer updates, email her at mmal8175@aol.com. Here is a partial listing: Downtown Bar Louie: Food: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday — half off selected appetizers. Spirits: Wednesday and Thursday $5 martinis, off their menu. Catch 35: Food: Half off bar food, Sunday through Tuesday, (after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, after 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday). Half off oysters everyday from 4 to 6 p.m. Spirits: $5 martinis on Wednesday. Half off selected bottles of wine on Thursday, all day. Front Street Cantina: Spirits: Monday: $4 margaritas; Tuesday: $3 Modelo and Negro Modelo; Wednesday: $4 craft beer drafts; Thursday: $3 Corona and Corona Light bottles; Friday and Saturday: Coors Light drafts; Sunday: $5 sangria and house wine, all day. Heaven on Seven: Food: Half off appetizers at the bar from 4 p.m. to close, Monday through Friday. Spirits: Monday: $5 margaritas; Tuesday: $3 pints of Two Brothers draft beer; Wednesday: Half off bottles of wine; Thursday: $7 hurricanes; Friday: Lucky 7 martinis (peach); Saturday: $7 Pomtinis; Sunday: $5 Bloody Marys and Beermosas all day. Jimmy’s Bar and Grill: Food: Discounted appetizers Monday through Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. Spirits: Beer of the month. Kuma’s: Food: Tuesday: Half off appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. Spirits: Tuesday: lemon drop martinis $4; Wednesday: Fuji apple martinis $4; Thursday: Pomtinis $4; Friday: Arnold Palmer martinis “John Daily’s” $4; Saturday: “Trust Me” martinis $4; Sunday: cosmo martinis $4, all martinis all day on the day offered. Meson Sabika: Food: $3 tapas, Sunday through Thursday; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with drink order, in the bar. Sullivan’s: Spirits: Thursday, $6 specialty martinis. Food: $5 half-pound hamburgers (with fries), bar only all day. Wise Boxer Pour House: Food: Half off appetizers on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Spirits: Daily beer, wine and drink specials from $3 to $5. Half off bottles of wine. Freedom Drive Maggiano’s: Spirits: $5 glasses of wine all day, Monday through Thursday. Food: $4 flatbreads from 3 to 6 p.m. Morton’s Steak House: (Excluding Saturday, in the bar and patio area only.) Food: Appetizers: Half off all bar bites from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 .p.m. Spirits: Selected glasses of wine $7 and $8 (3-ounce, extra large) martinis all day. White Chocolate Grill: From 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, bar only. Spirits: $6 Sky martinis, three choices, glasses of pino grigio and merlot $6. Food: Appetizers from $3 to 9 include, four choices of sliders, half rack of ribs, Arizona eggrolls, shrimp cocktail, chips and salsa, chicken tenders, and fresh cut fries. Zapatista: Spirits: Tuesday, $5 Mojitos; Wednesday, $5 sangria; Thursday, $5 margaritas; Saturday and Sunday, $5 Bloody Marys. Food: Friday, all you can eat fish tacos, $10.99 Route 59 Basil Greek Dining: All day, in the bar — Monday through Thursday, half off appetizers; Wednesday, half off select bottles of wine; Tuesday and Thursday, half off beer. Mondays: Half off pasta dishes and Greek comfort foods in the restaurant. CityGate Grill: Spirits: Monday, $5 Mojitos; Tuesday, $5 off signature drinks; Wednesday, half off any bottle of wine; Thursday, half off craft and draft beers. Food: Half off appetizers from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fire It Up, Taco Fusion Grill: Food: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, $3 tacos; Wednesday, $10 off 12 tacos; 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, half off appetizers. Spirits: Saturday, $5 sangrias all day Francesca’s Passagio: Spirits: Tuesday, $10 off bottles of wine all day; Wednesday, $24.99 three-course meal; Thursday, $5 martinis all day. Food: 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, bar only, half off appetizers. Houlihan’s: Sunday and Monday — Spirits: Half off draft beer, $3 Long Islands, $5 Premium Long Islands; Tuesday, half off bottles of wine; Wednesday and Thursday, $3 and $5 Long Islands, $5 Margaritas, Mojitos, Lemon Drop and Mandarin Martinis in the restaurant and bar all day. Appetizers, $3.95, bar only, Sunday, all day, and 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday. Luigi’s House: Wednesday, $5 glasses of wine; Thursday, $6 martinis. On the Border: 3 to 7 and 9 to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday appetizers: $2, $3, $4. Taco Tuesdays for $2, $3 and $4 each in the whole restaurant, nothing to go. Spirits: $2 domestic draft beer, $3 margaritas and imported draft beer, in the bar only. Shinto: Food: Half price sushi and appetizers 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 2-5 p.m. Saturday, dine in only with purchase of beverage. Spirits: Monday, $5 U Call It; Tuesday $4 martinis; Wednesday $4 wine; Thursday $4 Prink; Friday and Saturday, $3 sake bombs, Sunday $4 Bloody Marys, all drinks all day. Naperville Ginger and Garlic: Food: Half price appetizers, 4-7 p.m. Monday and Friday dine-in bar only. Spirits: $2 Bud light all day Thursdays.

One way to celebrate the end of the worst winter in recent memory is to get out and enjoy spring — yes, it did start Thursday.

Naperville restaurants suffered from the blustery weather, too, and are making sure you have reasons to get out and about by resurrecting the art of happy hour — or all day in some cases.

Just ask Sue Maloney, who handles publicity and marketing for the Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club, which has grown to about 350 members.

“I started with a downtown directory of restaurants here in Naperville and made a lot of calls asking about how business was going and what specials or half-price things they were offering,” Maloney said. “We’ve published a list on our website and keep adding to it over time. I asked each of the restaurants if they mind that we posted information about them and their offerings, and they were happy to do it.”

Maloney’s interest in finding a good bang for the buck at local eateries is something she sees as a win-win, both for members of the club as well as the restaurants.

“A lot of these deals are offered during slower times at the restaurants or at various times throughout the day because the weather has really caused some restaurants to be hit hard,” she said. “For people in our club who have taken advantage of this, they get out of the house and socialize with others, and save money while they eat or drink. The restaurants, of course, are happy to get the business.”

Maloney said she and her husband have been doing their part in downtown Naperville.

“My husband and I go to Catch 35 every week, and I love the things they have like half-price crab cakes and beef tenderloin slices,” she said.

Justin Beyer, manager at Naperville’s Heaven on Seven, agrees that the harsh winter has adversely affected business and says half-priced food and daily specials are offered to get folks out of their houses and through the door.

“We have a blue-plate special at lunch as well as half-price deals at the bar after 4 p.m., and we’re hoping they attract people to come in, try the food, and hopefully come back,” Beyer said. “We all have seen business get a lot slower this winter and know it’s hard to park here in downtown Naperville and have to walk somewhere. This is a way to entice people to come in and see what we offer.”

Ray Kinney, president of Dine Naperville, which has been offering its own promotion of local eateries in the past few weeks, says that the half-price options “are a part of the same mentality we used in putting together Restaurant Week in Naperville.”

“Whatever can be used to promote eating locally here, we’re all for it,” Kinney said. “Restaurants have struggled to get people out and this is another way to do that.”

Corey Knowles, manager at Bar Louie in downtown Naperville, says efforts have been ramped up this year to combat the drop-off in business because of the weather.

“We know that nobody wants to go out and start his car and drive here given the car probably won’t even be warm by the time they arrive,” he said. “But once we get them in the door, we feel we’ll have them. We want people to taste our food, and we’re offering some half-price deals to do that.”

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The list Sue Maloney is always updating her list of local eateries and the happy hour deals they are offering at napervillenewcomersandneighborsclub.com/happy-hours-specials-2-22-14.pdf. She says to always confirm specials with the location before going or understand if they are changed at the last minute. To include other restaurants or offer updates, email her at mmal8175@aol.com. Here is a partial listing: Downtown Bar Louie: Food: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday — half off selected appetizers. Spirits: Wednesday and Thursday $5 martinis, off their menu. Catch 35: Food: Half off bar food, Sunday through Tuesday, (after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, after 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday). Half off oysters everyday from 4 to 6 p.m. Spirits: $5 martinis on Wednesday. Half off selected bottles of wine on Thursday, all day. Front Street Cantina: Spirits: Monday: $4 margaritas; Tuesday: $3 Modelo and Negro Modelo; Wednesday: $4 craft beer drafts; Thursday: $3 Corona and Corona Light bottles; Friday and Saturday: Coors Light drafts; Sunday: $5 sangria and house wine, all day. Heaven on Seven: Food: Half off appetizers at the bar from 4 p.m. to close, Monday through Friday. Spirits: Monday: $5 margaritas; Tuesday: $3 pints of Two Brothers draft beer; Wednesday: Half off bottles of wine; Thursday: $7 hurricanes; Friday: Lucky 7 martinis (peach); Saturday: $7 Pomtinis; Sunday: $5 Bloody Marys and Beermosas all day. Jimmy’s Bar and Grill: Food: Discounted appetizers Monday through Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. Spirits: Beer of the month. Kuma’s: Food: Tuesday: Half off appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. Spirits: Tuesday: lemon drop martinis $4; Wednesday: Fuji apple martinis $4; Thursday: Pomtinis $4; Friday: Arnold Palmer martinis “John Daily’s” $4; Saturday: “Trust Me” martinis $4; Sunday: cosmo martinis $4, all martinis all day on the day offered. Meson Sabika: Food: $3 tapas, Sunday through Thursday; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with drink order, in the bar. Sullivan’s: Spirits: Thursday, $6 specialty martinis. Food: $5 half-pound hamburgers (with fries), bar only all day. Wise Boxer Pour House: Food: Half off appetizers on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Spirits: Daily beer, wine and drink specials from $3 to $5. Half off bottles of wine. Freedom Drive Maggiano’s: Spirits: $5 glasses of wine all day, Monday through Thursday. Food: $4 flatbreads from 3 to 6 p.m. Morton’s Steak House: (Excluding Saturday, in the bar and patio area only.) Food: Appetizers: Half off all bar bites from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 to 10 .p.m. Spirits: Selected glasses of wine $7 and $8 (3-ounce, extra large) martinis all day. White Chocolate Grill: From 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, bar only. Spirits: $6 Sky martinis, three choices, glasses of pino grigio and merlot $6. Food: Appetizers from $3 to 9 include, four choices of sliders, half rack of ribs, Arizona eggrolls, shrimp cocktail, chips and salsa, chicken tenders, and fresh cut fries. Zapatista: Spirits: Tuesday, $5 Mojitos; Wednesday, $5 sangria; Thursday, $5 margaritas; Saturday and Sunday, $5 Bloody Marys. Food: Friday, all you can eat fish tacos, $10.99 Route 59 Basil Greek Dining: All day, in the bar — Monday through Thursday, half off appetizers; Wednesday, half off select bottles of wine; Tuesday and Thursday, half off beer. Mondays: Half off pasta dishes and Greek comfort foods in the restaurant. CityGate Grill: Spirits: Monday, $5 Mojitos; Tuesday, $5 off signature drinks; Wednesday, half off any bottle of wine; Thursday, half off craft and draft beers. Food: Half off appetizers from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fire It Up, Taco Fusion Grill: Food: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, $3 tacos; Wednesday, $10 off 12 tacos; 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, half off appetizers. Spirits: Saturday, $5 sangrias all day Francesca’s Passagio: Spirits: Tuesday, $10 off bottles of wine all day; Wednesday, $24.99 three-course meal; Thursday, $5 martinis all day. Food: 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, bar only, half off appetizers. Houlihan’s: Sunday and Monday — Spirits: Half off draft beer, $3 Long Islands, $5 Premium Long Islands; Tuesday, half off bottles of wine; Wednesday and Thursday, $3 and $5 Long Islands, $5 Margaritas, Mojitos, Lemon Drop and Mandarin Martinis in the restaurant and bar all day. Appetizers, $3.95, bar only, Sunday, all day, and 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday. Luigi’s House: Wednesday, $5 glasses of wine; Thursday, $6 martinis. On the Border: 3 to 7 and 9 to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday appetizers: $2, $3, $4. Taco Tuesdays for $2, $3 and $4 each in the whole restaurant, nothing to go. Spirits: $2 domestic draft beer, $3 margaritas and imported draft beer, in the bar only. Shinto: Food: Half price sushi and appetizers 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 2-5 p.m. Saturday, dine in only with purchase of beverage. Spirits: Monday, $5 U Call It; Tuesday $4 martinis; Wednesday $4 wine; Thursday $4 Prink; Friday and Saturday, $3 sake bombs, Sunday $4 Bloody Marys, all drinks all day. Naperville Ginger and Garlic: Food: Half price appetizers, 4-7 p.m. Monday and Friday dine-in bar only. Spirits: $2 Bud light all day Thursdays.
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