Restaurant Week ushers in a taste of summer

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 19, 2017

 Watermark Bar and Grille will also participate in the event, set for April 24-30.

Watermark Bar and Grille will also participate in the event, set for April 24-30.

Photos by Kristyne E. Demske

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Like the temperature, the Nautical Mile is heating up, and its restaurants are ready to show visitors what they have on tap for the summer season.

Eight restaurants will participate in the 2017 spring Nautical Mile Restaurant Week April 24-30, offering a wide variety of menu choices and cuisines.

Donna Flaherty, owner of Gifts Afloat and president of the Nautical Mile Merchants Association, said that this year’s event is a little later than usual because the group wanted to wait until after Easter to roll it out. Restaurant owners are “really excited” to show what they have to offer this year. 

“Our mission statement ... is to bring people to our mile, and what better way than to have them come into our restaurants?” Flaherty said. “It’s going to get very busy as soon as the weather warms up.”

This year’s participating restaurants are Pat O’Brien’s Tavern, 22385 E. 10 Mile Road; Mike’s on the Water, 24600 Jefferson Ave.; Fishbone’s Rhythm Kitchen, 23722 Jefferson Ave.; Brownie’s on the Lake, 24214 Jefferson Ave.; Steve’s Back Room, 24317 Jefferson Ave.; Pegasus Taverna, 24935 Jefferson Ave.; Watermark Bar and Grille, 24420 Jefferson Ave.; and Jefferson Yacht Club, 24505 Jefferson Ave.

“If everyone’s good on the mile, it’s good for everyone,” said Zach Smith, general manager of Brownie’s on the Lake, which was scheduled to open for the season April 18, after press time.

Smith said this is the first time Brownie’s is participating in the event, but they’re excited to show off completed renovations that created more outdoor seating.

“We removed the walls and expanded our outdoor seating so there will be more seating along the water and, obviously, that’s what people want come summer,” he said.

The restaurant is typically seasonal, but Smith said they are going to try to stay open year-round beginning in 2017. 

“We are 100 percent committed through December,” he said. 

At Brownie’s on the Lake, a three-course meal will cost $22.95 per person and will include a choice of New England clam chowder, Brownie’s French onion soup or small kale salad for the first course; a choice of a half-slab of ribs, fish and chips, shrimp tacos or perch dinner for the entree; and a choice of a Brownie’s brownie or a Sanders hot fudge cream puff for dessert.

“It gets the word out, gets everyone ready for the summer, obviously, our busy season,” Smith said, adding that this is a chance for customers to “try us out, see what we’re about.”

Jefferson Yacht Club will be serving up chicken stuffed with spinach and feta risotto, shrimp and artichoke ravioli, root beer braised short ribs with polenta and bacon Brussels sprouts, and blackened haddock with tri-colored potatoes and bacon Brussels sprouts, along with starters and desserts, for $20. The private club will be open to the public 5-9 p.m. during Restaurant Week, not including April 29.

Other restaurants will be offering up entrees not usually on their menu throughout the year, Flaherty said. 

Restaurant Week has been a tradition along the Nautical Mile for about 10 years, although the group hasn’t always been able to have it each year during that time.

“The mile will get very busy, so we better all be ready,” she said.

For more information and special menus from the restaurants, look for the Nautical Mile Merchants Association on Facebook or visit nauticalmile.org.