Restaurant owners present menus for International Women’s Day

CINCINNATI (WXIX) — While the pandemic has posed challenges for the restaurant industry, it has also empowered women business owners across the tri-state to form a support network called “Let’s Talk Womxn.”

After two tough years, Aladdin’s Cafe owner Carla Chalkley says they’re seeing the bustle in the kitchen again as orders keep pouring in.

“Thank goodness we are finally seeing this turnaround and people are starting to come back,” Chalkley said. “It was a godsend.”

Terri Graber, the owner of Tag’s Cafe, says as they continue to navigate this pandemic, they are now grappling with a new set of challenges.

“Now the issues we face are supply chain issues and just product sourcing,” Graber says. “Then if we find it, it’s not just double, some of it has tripled and quadrupled. I mean the containers that I would pay $22 for are now $80.

It’s problems like this that Let’s Talk Womxn can help business owners find solutions to.

The group is now national with women restaurateurs from all walks of life brainstorming ideas and supporting each other.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Let’s Talk Womxn is hosting a special event on March 8 to showcase their best plates.

After last year’s success, different restaurants are once again teaming up to serve 16 dishes accompanied by alcohol tastings.

The event is open to everyone over the age of 21.

It will be next Tuesday evening at the 21C Hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $95 and $75 for the transportation option.

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