HIGHLAND PARK – The theater department at Highland Park High School and three local restaurants have partnered together to offer a play and dinner this weekend for patrons.
Students will be performing “Seussical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the R.W. Stevens Auditorium at the high school, 102 N. Fifth Avenue. Advance tickets are $10, $8 and $12, $10 at the door.
On performance nights, Aposto, Tete’s and Zeina restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixed meal for $20.11. And on April 5, 6 and 7, theater patrons can bring their ticket stub or the coupon in the program into one of the three participating restaurants for a buy-one-get-one free entrée offer.
Keith Presty, the drama director at Highland Park High School, said he’s been thinking about a partnership between the school and the business community for a while and is glad the entities could work together.
“I was trying to get more of the community involved, which is why I reached out Main Street (Highland Park). I thought it would be a nice partnership to get the town involved with the students. We may get some people to come out who wouldn’t have seen the show or some people to come out who wouldn’t have eaten at the restaurants,” he said.
Chantal Popescu, owner of Zeina Restaurant, said she wanted to give back to the community. In addition to the pre-fixed meals, children dining with their parents can eat free on this weekend at Zeina.
“I’m a veteran teacher and supporting the kids is no. 1 for me. We’re giving back to the community and this is close to my heart. We want to say ‘great job’ to those who are doing extra-curricular activities,” said Popescu, who was a teacher for 10 years before transitioning to the restaurant business.
James McCrone, executive director of Main Street Highland Park, the non-profit that promotes the businesses along Raritan Avenue in the borough, said he’s glad the partnership could “evolve.”
“We always talked about becoming more involved in these kinds of things and this is just one step in that evolution,” McCrone said. “This is also along the lines of the Main Street Mission – the community and the economy and putting dollars back into the community. I applaud Mr. Presty’s initiative and we look forward to doing more.”
The following are the locations for the participating restaurants:
- Aposto Mediterranean Grill and Pizzeria, 72 Raritan Ave., (732) 745-9011
- Tete Peruvian Restaurant, 304 Raritan Ave. (732) 246-1502
- Zeina Mediterranean Grill and Lounge, 441 Raritan Ave. (732) 543-1530
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