Restaurateurs kick off inaugural Restaurant Week

Photo by Zeinab Najm West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius (left), Ford Land Director of Commercial Properties Doug Van Noord, Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. and Downtown Dearborn's Promotions Committee Chairman Sam Abbas celebrate the launch of the inaugural Dearborn Restaurant Week Feb. 2 at the Dearborn Inn.

Photo by Zeinab Najm
West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius (left), Ford Land Director of Commercial Properties Doug Van Noord, Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. and Downtown Dearborn’s Promotions Committee Chairman Sam Abbas celebrate the launch of the inaugural Dearborn Restaurant Week Feb. 2 at the Dearborn Inn.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Thirty Dearborn restaurants in east and west Dearborn will participate in the city’s inaugural Dearborn Restaurant Week with the goal of attracting new and out-of-town customers.

Downtown Dearborn’s Promotions Committee Chairman Sam Abbas said the week was created through hard work in order to show all the wonderful things going on in the city.

“All the restaurants taking part have the opportunity to introduce themselves to new patrons and activate our downtown areas,” Abbas said. “We have an amazing turnout of the number of restaurants signed up.”

Some of the 30 restaurants included are Al-Ameer, Brome Burgers & Shakes, Downtown Deli, Famous Hamburger, Giulio & Sons, La Pita, P.F. Chang’s, Roman Village and Tria.

From Feb. 13 to 19, customers can dine at participating restaurants which will feature a pre-fixed three-course meal priced at either $10, $20 or $30.

Each meal is available for lunch or dinner for one or two people.

Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. praised the team for tackling an ambitious project with less than a year of planning.

“It really takes an extraordinary effort to take on a project like this,” he said. “People who participate in the Restaurant Week are really going to see the city because it covers a lot of territory.”

West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius said she was in the room a year ago when the planning for the project began with Abbas.

“The worked from the bottom for a way to bring more culture and excitement to the DDDA’s,” she said. “Our vacancy rate in the west has gone drown from 40 percent to 7 percent thanks to new businesses.”

East Downtown Dearborn Development Authority Executive Director Michael Bewick thanked the staff and partners which made the restaurant week possible.

“They make Dearborn the great place that we know it is,” he said.

To close the 2017 Dearborn Restaurant Week launch, Abbas encouraged customers to try something new during the week and restaurants to make a good impression on visitors from other cities.

For a full list of restaurants included in restaurant week or more information go to dearbornrestaurantweek.com.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)