Greektown at Sundown kicks off this weekend

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Detroit — Monroe Street in Greektown will close to vehicle traffic weekend nights through Labor Day to host Greektown at Sundown, a party with al fresco dining, performers, music, art and more.

“It’ll be an exciting vibe with the streets shut down, the combination of that and all the patios will add a lot of excitement to the district,” said Mark Miller, director of business development for Rock Ventures LLC.

Miller says the entertainment will change each weekend.

“The idea is every weekend there’s a little bit of something new,” he said. “New performers, new musicians; most of the art instillations will be there each weekend, but there will be some variety.”

The parties, which start this weekend, will be 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday through Sunday and run through Sept. 6. Parties will also be held on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Greektown restaurants — Santorini, Pappy’s Grill, Golden Fleece, Krema, Plaka, Astoria Bakery, Pizza Papalis and Red Smoke Barbeque — will offer street-side patio dining. The evenings also offer fire-breathers, acoustic musicians and caricature sketch artists.

“This wasn’t an easy process, but we made it happen, and we are very happy and proud of that,” said Yianni Dionisopoulos, vice president of the Greektown Preservation Society, during a kickoff celebration Friday afternoon.

Greektown at Sundown was organized by the Greektown Preservation Society, Rock Ventures, Opportunity Detroit and Greektown Casino Hotel.

“It gives you the vibe and feel of New York and Chicago, where you can have outdoor dining and entertainment,” said Mary Sheffield, the councilwoman whose 5th District includes Greektown. “This what we need in Detroit to attract young professionals.”

Some of the young professionals were eating and enjoying the performances Friday night. Alexis Graham, of Detroit, and Jennifer Howard, of Troy, ate at Poppy’s streetside patio. They came from work at Bedrock to “enjoy the drinks and the sun.”

“I think it’s smart,” Howard said. “It just reminds me of Birmingham.”

Detroit News Staff Writer Lauren Abdel-Razzaq contributed.

Greektown at Sundown

5 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sun. through Sept. 6, plus Sept. 7

Monroe between Beaubien and St. Antoine