Make Mother's Day memorable and support Cincinnati restaurants, too, during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 2:42 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 20:01:54-04

CINCINNATI — For those still struggling to find a way to make Mother’s Day special this year amid the pandemic, they need look no further.

Many Cincinnati restaurants have figured out a way that you can still make the mom in your life happy while staying healthy at home: with pre-order meals.

This adjustment is also a way for restaurants to stay alive during a weekend that would have normally been a big money-making holiday.

Prime Cincinnati, a downtown restaurant known for its farm-to-table menu, has pre-order carryout items featuring a special prime rib and family sides for a family of four. It also includes a free bottle of Prosecco wine for mothers.

“They can schedule the time they would like to pick it up, and they can select the options,” said general manager Nelson Castillo.

He said he hopes people take advantage of the Mother’s Day special because support is so crucial right now, especially for downtown restaurants.

“It's impossible to sustain a restaurant when we don’t have shows or sporting events. When we have nothing here,” he said.

O Pie O in Walnut Hills also hopes to capitalize this holiday weekend with special pre-order options for Mother’s Day.

“For restaurants, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest Sundays of the year,” said owner Lou Gonocchio. “So this year with no in-dining services, brunches are going to suffer a little bit.”

The specials O Pie O is offering include quiches and an assortment of pies, and they’re making sure a very popular drink is on the menu, as well.

“We're having a mimosa kit, which we think is a really fun idea for moms,” Gonocchio said. “It's one of our most popular cocktails for Mother's Day brunch."

If a home-cooked meal is the way you want to show your love this Mother’s Day, Jag's Steak and Seafood restaurant in West Chester has a "take-and-bake" pre-order option.

“It's going to have cooking instructions in it,” said chef proprietor Michelle Brown. “It will be a 24 ounce Chateaubriand center cut filet. And you will be able to cook it. A thermometer is going to come with it; so we will give you the temperatures."

For a complete celebration, you can also get flowers and a mimosa kit on the steakhouse’s online menu.

“Something that you can come and pick up, it's ready to go, and it's very simple, and you can make it at home,” Brown said.

All of these restaurants are taking orders on a first-come, first-served basis, and they encourage interested customers to order soon before supplies run out.