Writer Joseph J. Airdo

Photography Courtesy of Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]arefree is most certainly one of the most unique communities in all of Arizona. Its residents are among the most friendly people on this planet, its artists create some of the most inspired work this world has ever seen and its business owners develop and operate the most innovative shops and restaurants you will ever have the pleasure of visiting.

Moreover, Carefree’s restaurant base is primarily comprised of independent, family-owned businesses. Therefore, individual business owners determine the look, feel, style, concept and brand of their own restaurant based on their own individual culinary expertise — all of which results in a distinctive dining experience that is only possible in the town.

That dining experience — and all of the wonderful hospitality, gorgeous settings and of course delectable foods incorporated within it — will once again see a well-deserved spotlight this month as Carefree Restaurant Association presents Spring Restaurant Week.

May 10–16, participating restaurants in the community will showcase their menus at discounted prices, offering customers an opportunity to sample new and exciting menu offerings and, in doing so, continue to support their local restaurants. Some restaurants will offer special two-course lunches while others will offer special three-course dinners.

Paul Keeler of Keeler Hospitality Group says that he is excited for Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse to participate in another Carefree Restaurant Week event.

“It provides us with the opportunity to showcase menu items as well as the different venues in and outside of the restaurant to guests that may not have discovered us yet,” says Keeler, noting that the restaurant will feature its cowboy flat iron, baja seabass and shrimp scampi. “Carefree has proven to be regarded as a high-quality dining destination in its own right thanks to events such as Carefree Restaurant Week.”

Carefree Restaurant Association President Jo Gemmill — who also owns English Rose Tea Room — acknowledges that it has been a particularly rough year for restaurant owners as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this year’s Spring Restaurant Week may be more significant than any other before.

“We are so grateful for the customers who have continued to support us during these hard times, whether by dining in or picking up take-out,” Gemmill says. “Finally, it is starting to feel as though things are getting back to normal again. Carefree Restaurant Week is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our community for continuing to support us.”


Spring Restaurant Week

May 10–16 | See website for participating restaurants | Two-Course Lunch Menu $18 | Three-Course Dinner Menu $35–$45