Date night at LA’s Grove: a movie, dinner and free parking for $60 a couple
Hey, what a deal. A movie, dinner at any of 7 restaurants and free valet parking for $60 a couple at the Grove at LA’s Farmer Market. The special, on-going promotion tagged, “Date Night” can be booked by calling the Grove’s concierge at 323-900-8080.
I just booked Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro for my husband Richard and I for Thursday night. We liked the menu that includes a choice of two starters: Romaine heart salad, roasted beet salad, organic mesclun of French onion soup; two entrees: fish & chips, chicken & mushroom crepes, buccacatini au meatballs, or turkey escalope; and one dessert: crème caramel or berry cobbler. I’ll let you know how it goes.
When you call tell them what movie you want to see and the time, and when and where you’d like your dinner reservation booked, they do the rest. You can eat before or after the movie. Whatever time you select you won’t have to wait in line to get into the theater, as you pass will allow you to walk right in. You’ll need to reserve your Date Night with a credit card. Caveat emptor: if you don’t show up your credit card will be billed for the full price, so be sure to cancel if necessary.
When you arrive at the Grove, go to the Concierge station and they will present you with a special package that includes a certificate and tickets. According to David Swift, head of marketing for the Grove, “We’re hoping this will be a staple at the Grove.” “We’re trying it out to see how it works.” Sounds pretty good to me since movie tickets alone run $15 and that’s 30 bucks a pop right there.
There’s one small glitch, some restaurants offer three full courses a person, others are providing full entrees but shared appetizers and/or desserts. It gets a little confusing. The menus are posted on-line at www.theGroveLA.com , you’ll need to navigate it a bit. Go to the bottom of the home page and watch for the changing photos, then hit the one that says, “Date Night.” The 640,000 square foot, Art Deco’ Renaissance -style Grove is located between West Third Street and Beverly Blvd. In addition to movies and restaurants, the complex houses shops and boutiques anchored by Nordstrom. Call: 888-315-8883 for general information; 323-900-8080 for concierge services.