DiFebo’s turns on the entertainment

If diners happen to stop in at DiFebo’s Restaurant and Deli in Bethany in the coming weeks, they may notice a few changes on particular nights. The summer dinner crowds may be coming to a grinding halt, but owner Jeff Osias is determined not to let his business slip and wanted to try something new to keep people coming in.

“We like to give back to the community and all of our customers throughout the year,” he said. “People should come here and enjoy their meal and the atmosphere.”

And through the autumn months, customers can do just that. Monday Madness specials, offering an entrée, soup, salad, dessert and featured wine for only $18, are enough to pique the interest of many diners. Express lunch menus, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., provide a guaranteed quick meal all week long, for businessmen and -women who don’t have extra hours to spare. Fridays feature an authentic Italian veal dish, osso bucco, and featured wine for $19.

But it’s not just the affordable prices and snappy service that Osias is hoping will brig in the locals. Patrons now can enjoy a meal in the company of… exotic belly dancers!

“We want to keep things hip and fresh,” Osias said. “I’m trying to bring something that no one else is doing, something that will make people say, ‘Hey, let’s go here tonight.’”

On Sunday, Sept. 23, belly dancers will take to the floor at DiFebo’s. Osias mentioned that, as October rolls around, he plans to add other entertainment, such as magic and opera.

Still not quite the hands-on experience you were looking for? DiFebo’s has that covered.

Throughout September and October, customers can come in for educational seminars with regionally-renowned chefs and guest bartenders.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, master martini-maker Blaine will teach Martini 101 for anyone wishing to brush up on their shaken or stirred skills. On Sunday, Sept. 30, a wine seminar will be held while customers dine, demonstrating proper etiquette, pairing, storage and tasting of wine.

“We’ve had these seminars before,” said Osias, “and people would come in not knowing that they were going on. But they’d get here and have a lot of fun with it.”

Dinner and demo with the chefs is also starting to register frequenting crowds.

“People are really surprised with what they learn during these classes,” he said, “and they can enjoy a meal as well.”

Guest bartenders are also brought in periodically throughout the months in efforts to raise charity money. The money raised goes to charities of the guest tender’s choice. Guest bartender and local Realtor Steve Alexander will be stepping in on Friday, Sept. 28. Local real estate mavens Leslie Kopp and Vickie York will be stepping behind the bar in October, on the 12th and 26th, respectively.

Appreciation nights also occur throughout the fall months. This past Wednesday, teachers received a 15 percent discount on dinners, while real estate agents and their employees get 15 percent off on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

“It’s nice to be able to do something like this for the other people in the community,” Osias said. “They’re the ones who make business possible year-round. I love the restaurant lifestyle, and I want to make people enjoy it just as much.”

Check in at DiFebo’s Restaurant at 789 Garfield Parkway to pick up a monthly calendar of events.