New dining promotion steps in for Restaurant Week

Motor City Restaurant Week features eight restaurants while successful Detroit Restaurant Week takes a break

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Popular dining promotion Detroit Restaurant Week has taken the year off to recalibrate, so a handful of Detroit restaurants have organized their own event.

Motor City Restaurant Week is Friday through Oct. 2 and features a fixed-price three course meal for $35 or less at eight Detroit restaurants.

The participating businesses are largely established eateries with only one newer spot – Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails. The Whitney, Andiamo Riverfront, Cliff Bell’s, Mario’s, Traffic Jam & Snug, Prism at Greektown Casino and 24Grille inside the Westin Book Cadillac are also participating.

“We recognized the continued interest in restaurant week when we started getting calls about it several weeks ago,” says Whitney general manager Dave Duey in a press release. “So we checked with some of our peers and found they were experiencing the same customer demand. It didn’t take much more than that for all of us to come together and sponsor our own event.”

Diners should make reservations directly with the participating restaurant of their choice. Some additional information about restaurant week menus can be found at on Motor City Restaurant Week’s Facebook page.

Detroit Restaurant Week started in 2009, just before Detroit’s restaurant boom, and soon became a twice-a-year event. At its height, the 10-evening promotion featured around 20 restaurants and has served 320,000 diners since 2009.

In March, Paxahau Event Productions, which created DRW, released a statement saying the promotion would not happen that spring, and would return to being a fall-only event. Last week a Paxahau representative confirmed that DRW would not happen this fall, however, and is looking to return in spring of 2017 with new ideas and structure to better showcase the city’s new businesses along with the established restaurants.

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