Honoring Moms at The Black Rose

 

Restaurant celebrates Mother’s Day with live music, gift cards & more

May 12th will be the first Mother’s Day at The Black Rose, which has been open just 7 months under its new name. But it’s not manager Scott Meland’s first Mother’s Day in the restaurant business. “It’s an exciting day—very busy—and I really enjoy seeing all the families together.” One of his chefs always works on Mother’s Day as a way to remember and honor his mother who died 4 years ago. It’s a day that tugs at heartstrings, that’s for sure.

The Black Rose in Newington, Conn., is always a popular spot. Live music brings in crowds, Tuesday-Saturday. They have even filmed a music video in their vintage-style bar. But for Mother’s Day, they’ll be going with piano music to give Moms at least one day of harmony in the week. Meland is thinking that mothers deserve free champagne, too.

“Brunch is the most popular meal on Mother’s Day,” Meland confirms, and The Black Rose’s brunch menu makes every attempt to pamper the ladies. They’ll get an Omelet Bar, Salad Bar, entrees like Baked Fettucini Alfredo with Tomatoes & Broccoli, plus Prime Rib and Baked Ham at the carving station. A Chocolate Fountain (with strawberries!) and Red Velvet Cake by their celebrated pastry chef set an upscale, classic tone. As a bonus, children under 5 eat free.

But some mothers prefer dinner out, so Meland and his crew created an evening menu with a luxurious prix fixe 4-course meal or a la carte selections. What is their bestselling dinner item? “Surf & Turf is always #1,” he tells us, and no wonder. It’s listed as “Certified Angus Filet Mignon grilled to perfection, paired with a cold water Lobster Tail.” Sounds like a rare treat of exceptional quality.

Lobster and Steak

And listen to the very smart, generous gift they have for Mom at dinner: a $25 gift card! Since they get quite a few new guests on this busiest of days, it assures that they will return to The Black Rose soon.

For his two featured meals of the day, Meland created unique Mother’s Day menus at MustHaveMenus.com, and posted them on his website. He also spread the word by sharing his flyer and menus on Facebook. By making a big splash for families on May 12th, The Black Rose strengthens its relationships with loyal customers, and creates a new connection with first-time diners.

What is your restaurant doing to make Mother’s day a memorable celebration this year?

Judy Wood is a food writer for MustHaveMenus.