Greetings, I'm new to the community and I've spent some time searching under various headings; feeling like I'm not finding what I was after, I thought I would tap the collective wisdom.
I recently hosted a dinner for about fifteen guys at the Arroyo Chop House and I'm looking for a venue of the same caliber for our next evening, but it doesn't have to be a steak house. Our budget is $250 a head, including wine and a nice tip and we order off of the menu.
The back story: I'm 49 and I work with a bunch of guys in their late 20's-early 30's. I noticed one guy asking a woman out via text. Another stopped by the station on his way to a wedding, wearing a polo shirt, nice jeans and white tennis shoes. None of them had ever written a thank-you note. Few of them own a suit. I challenged them to step up their game and be gentlemen. From that, spawned our dinner group and I implemented a dress code and a steep budget to weed out the less than serious. Each dinner centers on the camaraderie and food, but I've also brought in people to talk to them about how to order wine or write a thank-you note. For all but one of them, it was the first time they had worn a suit or jacket to something other than a wedding or a funeral and they loved it and what I was trying to do.
I've looked at a lot of places, from Cut and BOA to the chains like Ruth's Chris. Does anyone have any suggestions for a group of guys? Is a steakhouse the way to go? I'd be grateful for any suggestions.
Thanks in advance, Kevin
Arroyo Chop House
536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105