Madison Heights to celebrate Restaurant Week

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published September 2, 2020

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Restaurants across Madison Heights are planning special offers that the city is promoting as part of its “Restaurant Week” celebration later this month — a way to highlight the diverse array of eateries that call Madison Heights home.

It also comes at a time when the pandemic is taking a toll on the food service industry, with city officials encouraging residents to support their local businesses.   

Restaurant Week will run from Sept. 20 through Sept. 26. In addition to specials on dine-in and carry-out options at participating establishments, the event also includes online contests where patrons can post their Madison Heights dining experiences on their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #MHRW2020contest. Prizes include $50 dining gift certificates awarded each day during the week of the event.

The restaurants run the gamut, around 20 in all, from Asian cuisine including Vietnamese and Japanese to Middle Eastern, American and more. Among the participants already confirmed are Augie’s Bar and Grill, Boodles, Cadillac Straits Brewery Company, Fuji Buffet, Irish Tavern, Lao Pot, Salvatore Scallopini, Shawarma Castle, The Coach Sports Grille, the Masters Restaurant and 168 Asian Mart. More were still being added at press time. The city has more than 100 restaurants in all.  

The event’s official website, www.madisonheightsrestaurantweek.com, will list the participants and offerings, with a variety of discounts and specials planned on lunch and dinner entrees, appetizers and more. The site will be continually updated throughout the month.

“Madison Heights is home to many small businesses and restaurants,” said Madison Heights Mayor Roslyn Grafstein. “Many people who work in the area come to Madison Heights for lunch, but now so many of those workers are at home and not necessarily coming to our restaurants to eat. Restaurant Week is a great way to promote our restaurants and bring them much needed business.”

The promotion is part of an ongoing effort by the city to help the local food service industry. Earlier in the summer, the Madison Heights City Council unanimously passed a measure that gives restaurants and bars more flexible options for outdoor seating to assist with social distancing, as well as waiving license fees for temporary seasonal businesses until early October, allowing for additional signage and more. With regards to outdoor seating on the private property of a business, the city currently allows businesses to expand their outdoor seating to occupy up to 30% of their required parking space.

Melissa Marsh, the city manager of Madison Heights, said she hopes people see Restaurant Week as an opportunity to explore what the town has to offer.

“It will be a great time to take a vacation from cooking and try a different restaurant each night,” Marsh said.

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