Several area restaurant workers have been honored for their role in the hospitality industry as part of last week’s QC Restaurant Week activities.
Visit Quad Cities, which organizes the annual campaign, honored workers in the local restaurant industry who go above and beyond to make experiences special and who bring customer-centric energy to work with them. Each winner was surprised with their award during the week-long campaign.
Nearly 200 nominations were received for the new awards.
The winners of the first QC Restaurant Week awards were:
Jeremy Hull of Bowlyou’s Ice Cream & Grill, 503 W. 10th Ave., Milan.
Ryan Dunn-Reicks of The Ridge, 4750 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport.
Justin Burns and America Haileselassie of The Phoenix, 111 W. 2nd St., Davenport.
Autumn Skelton of The Crane and Pelican Cafe, 127 S. 2nd St., LeClaire.
QC Restaurant Week took place March 21-27 with more than 55 area businesses participating in the event.
Visit Quad Cities officials encouraged food lovers to explore the different restaurants in the community to show support for the food industry during these difficult times.
“The last two years have been extremely rough on the restaurant industry,” Jessica Waytenick of Visit Quad Cities told the QCBJ. “Restaurant staff has endured shutdowns, new regulations, supply chain issues, worker shortages, and more. We are grateful to them for being tough, gritty, and resilient.”