Madison Heights announces plans for Restaurant Week 2021

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published August 24, 2021

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MADISON HEIGHTS — When the pandemic started, bars and restaurants were hit hard, forced to close or limit their capacity. To help them, the city of Madison Heights sought relief grants and adjusted policies on outdoor dining. The city also launched Restaurant Week, where businesses could offer special deals on dine-in and carry-out options, and the city held prize drawings online to help promote them.

The experiment was a success, generating buzz on social media. Now Restaurant Week is back for a second year, set to take place Sept. 19-24. The hashtag to participate in the drawings on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter is #MHRW2021. Daily prizes include $50 dining gift certificates.

There will be 25 restaurants participating this year — a mere sampling of the 100-plus eateries to be found in the city of Madison Heights. Each of them is independently owned, making them among the more unique places around town.

“Last year, all the participants spoke highly about this promotional week, which caused an increase in business and many new customers that have now become regulars,” said Melissa Marsh, the city manager of Madison Heights, in an email. “All the restaurants that participated last year are eager to participate again this year. That says a lot about the support they got from the community and the event in general, especially during the pandemic.

“There are so many great (places) to eat in Madison Heights, it is hard to pick a few,” she added. “Last year I tried a different restaurant each day. The Coach Grille is always great … They have some delicious food. My office’s go-to lunch spot lately seems to be Super Taco or Kabob Royale. Of course, at the end of the week, you can find many staffers at Cadillac Straits, where the food, beer or cider never disappoints. Last year, staff tried Lao Pot and 168 Crab & Karaoke for the first time, and many have returned again and again.”

The city manager said that dining safety and getting people comfortable with returning to indoor dining are the main goals of this year’s Restaurant Week.

“The participants from last year are all excited to create special menus for the week,” Marsh said. “It’s a great time to try a new restaurant, and the majority of those that try a new place during Restaurant Week return.”

Madison Heights Mayor Roslyn Grafstein said the event is a win-win for everyone.

“After the success of our first Restaurant Week last year, I’m looking forward to joining my council colleagues and others in the community to once again try new places while supporting our local eateries,” Grafstein said in an email. “From the diversity of our international cuisine, to the standard pub fare or traditional local family diners, the second Madison Heights Restaurant Week is sure to be another great way for community members to come together and enjoy some delicious food while supporting our local restaurants.”

Mark Bliss, a member of the Madison Heights City Council, said he’s excited.  

“Madison Heights has some outstanding restaurants, and I’m thrilled that we have a mechanism to highlight them, sending as much traffic and public awareness their way as we can,” Bliss said in an email. “It also has the added benefit that it brings the community together — I went to several restaurants last year, and at every one I ran into friends and neighbors. Mayor Grafstein and I even ran into each other while I was having dinner at Woodpile BBQ. Events like these are helpful for our local restaurant owners, great for everyone looking for good food, and excellent for bringing the community together.”

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