Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Detroit Restaurant Week Spring Edition Announcement!


Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've all been waiting for...

(Or, at least, the moment I'VE been waiting for, and that's really all I care about.)

Detroit Restaurant Week has announced their dates for their Spring Edition!

I feel like Stevie Nicks. "I can't wait, I can't wa-ait!"

Hard to believe it's been almost 6 months since the last one, eh? Damn near took me that long to recover, too. cholesterol hurts just thinking about it. And, also, liver.

The fine folks at Paxahau and the Downtown Detroit Partnership are once again bringing you 10 days of fine dining at an even finer value for the second edition of the hugely successful Detroit Restaurant Week, April 16-25, 2010. The concept remains unchanged: 17 restaurants all offering special prix fixe menus at $27 for 3 courses.

But wait, there's more!

Beginning in March, I will once again be giving you weekly DRW menu previews from select participating restaurants. Need a little refresher course from last year? Feel free to peruse:

DRW Preview #1: Andiamo
DRW Preview #2: Cuisine
DRW Preview #3: Iridescence
DRW Preview #4: The Whitney
DRW Preview #5: Atlas Global Bistro
DRW Preview #6: Detroit Fish Market

Menus will be changing to reflect seasonality; check back here weekly for regular updates!

PS, I'm soooooooooooooooper excited about this, if you couldn't tell!

For your reading pleasure, here is the official release:
Historic Roma Café in Eastern Market will be the newest eatery to join the Detroit Restaurant Week (DRW) lineup when Paxahau Promotions Group dishes out a second serving of fine dining paired with exceptional value for the Spring
Edition—Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 25.

“We were thrilled when Roma Café signed on,” said Jason Huvaere, Detroit Restaurant Week Executive Director. “They will be a fantastic addition to an already
stellar list of restaurants. I think their unique Detroit history and classic Italian fare will make them a foodie favorite.”

Roma Café has been serving traditional Italian cuisine since 1890. Considered the oldest restaurant in Detroit, the iconic establishment began as a boarding house for farmers. They received a hot meal and a cot, but word quickly spread about how delicious the meals were, prompting the expansion of services and opening of Roma Café.

“We at the Roma Cafe are so excited to be a new partner in this spring's Detroit Restaurant Week,” said Janet Sossi Belcoure, third generation owner of Roma Café. “As Detroit's oldest restaurant, we look forward to sharing our food and history with our guests during restaurant week.”

Besides the addition of Roma Café to the roster, and Spring-inspired menus to be offered by participating restaurants, the Detroit Restaurant Week winning recipe will not change.

Diners from across Southeast Michigan and Windsor will again be able to order a three-course dinner for an exceptional price of $27 per person (exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity).

Detroit Restaurant Week Spring Edition will offer specially-priced dining at these fine restaurants:

24Grille – Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
Andiamo Detroit Riverfront – GM Ren Cen
Atlas Global Bistro - Midtown
Coach Insignia – GM Ren Cen
Cuisine – New Center
Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille - Foxtown
Detroit Fish Market – Paradise Valley
Forty-Two Degrees North – GM Ren Cen
Iridescence – MotorCity Casino-Hotel
Mosaic Restaurant - Greektown
Opus One - Downtown
Rattlesnake Club – Stroh River Place
Roast – Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
Roma Café – Eastern Market
Saltwater – MGM Grand Detroit
Wolfgang Puck Grille – MGM Grand Detroit
The Whitney – Midtown

Reservations for Detroit Restaurant Week Spring 2010
Organizers for Detroit Restaurant Week note that reservations are not required, however they are strongly encouraged so that restaurants can provide an outstanding experience for each guest. Huvaere said, “based on last year’s numbers and the fact that many of the restaurants recorded sellout evenings, it would be a good idea to make reservations sooner rather than later.”

To make a reservation, visit and click on the “Restaurant Page” to obtain contact information for each establishment. Reservations can be made by contacting the restaurants directly or through the Open Table link, which can also be found on the Detroit Restaurant Week - Spring Edition web site.

Menus for each restaurant will be available in the coming weeks.

Expectations High for Spring Edition of Detroit Restaurant Week
Last fall’s inaugural Detroit Restaurant Week served-up the city’s finest dining establishments on a silver platter. It pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the greater Downtown Detroit economy in just 10 evenings. The reservation ledgers at the 17 restaurants were full about every night thanks to the more than 27,000 people who visited the establishments during the first DRW.

Amy Englebert of The Rattlesnake Club told organizers, “We sold out every night.” While Paul Grosz of Cuisine said Detroit Restaurant Week “is one of the best promotions I have ever been a part of…”

The greater Downtown districts of Midtown, Corktown, New Center, Downtown and Eastern Market jointly sponsored the inaugural Detroit Restaurant Week in 2009.

“The Downtown Detroit districts were pleased to underwrite this promotion last fall – and now continue the sponsorship again this Spring – because it brings thousands of diners to experience fine dining in Downtown, Midtown, Corktown and New Center,” said Ann Lang, President & CEO of Downtown Detroit Partnership. “And now we welcome the venerable Roma Café which has been a landmark in Detroit’s Eastern Market for over 100 years.”

About Paxahau
Paxahau Promotions Group, with its network of alliances and resources that span the globe, has earned the reputation over the past 12 years as a premier promotions organization. Established to promote electronic music, Paxahau has grown to become a year round event production company. In addition to producing the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, Paxahau has booked talent or provided production services for Motown Winter Blast; Red Bull Air Races; Comerica Cityfest; Arts, Beats & Eats; North American International Auto Show events; BravoBravo!; and the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Visit to learn more.