Drink specials and a menu reduction: This week’s restaurant news

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L’étoile chef/owner Mark Gresge will remove lunch from the restaurant's offerings in the new year. Photo: Cramer Photo L’étoile chef/owner Mark Gresge will remove lunch from the restaurant's offerings in the new year. Photo: Cramer Photo

The next chapter
L’étoile has served up a delectable lunch since its inception in 1993, but that will come to an end in the beginning of the New Year, ushering in a streamlined focus on dinner service, special event group luncheons, and catering. Chef Mark Gresge’s French-Virginian cuisine will be available for dinner only Tuesday-Saturdays from 5:30-9:30pm with Sunday brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm.

Pinching pennies in the new year
The holidays are tough on the billfold, so here are a few money-saving, penny-pinching, eating and drinking suggestions to get you through.

Maya serves a special menu on Tuesday nights year-round, which includes a protein (or four sides as a vegetarian option) and a side for $12. Choose from tasties like chicken-fried chicken, blackened tilapia, collard greens, macaroni & cheese, or sweet potato fries (to name a few). This menu special is also in addition to the daily Happy Hour drink specials, including $4 highballs and $3 bar snacks weekdays from 5-7pm.

Based on the number of drink specials around town, Thursday is the thirstiest and thriftiest night of the week. To name a few: Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar serves a variety of unique wines spanning the Mediterranean for only $5-6 per glass. It’s the perfect opportunity to try wines you’ve been curious about, without gambling what’s left in your pocket.

Just a few steps further down Main Street, you can keep the buzz going at Zinc, where a glass of wine is only $4, $16 per bottle (on select bottles only), and $5 off any bottle on the list. Their wine list is thoughtfully chosen to pair with chef Eric Schetlick’s menu, so feel free to mix and match with each course.