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More local restaurants join annual Fall Grub Crawl

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 23, 2015

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It may be called a crawl, but there is no sign that the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s fall restaurant event is slowing down.

The chamber will hold its Fall Grub Crawl Sept. 23 at eight participating local restaurants — that’s two more than last year’s number, according to chamber President and CEO Wayne Oehmke.

Oehmke said the restaurants are mainly on Hall Road, west of Schoenherr Road, and the restaurants that are returning this year are fan favorites.

“We have some new ones,” Oehmke said. “We put the word out for our members multiple times and we called them. We visit them in person.”

This year’s restaurants are Applebee’s, bd’s Mongolian Grill, Buca di Beppo, Dooleys, Fajita Republic, Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, Red Ox Tavern and Uno Pizzeria & Grill.

Participants may take a shuttle bus or their own vehicle to the participating restaurants, and paying participants get T-shirts or stickers that prove their registration.

Oehmke said the event is a chamber fundraiser, but it’s also an opportunity to highlight local businesses in the food trades to locals who previously might have overlooked them.

According to Oehmke, the Grub Crawl is set up to encourage each restaurant to highlight a small-portioned dish, specialty item or appetizer that shows off what the diners can expect if they wish to return.

“We try to get them to highlight something that makes (customers) want to come back and revisit their place,” he said. “But a person can certainly make a meal out of it if they pick and choose, because there is quite an offering.”

Fajita Republic general manager Ken Brooks said his restaurant plans to serve house margaritas, a Mexican shandy, chips and salsa, nachos, and tacos. He called the Grub Crawl a great event for the chamber that usually brings in a few hundred registered attendees.

“We’re looking for exposure,” Brooks said. “We opened up in December, so it’s still a new restaurant, and we just want to get the name out that we’re here.”

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold its Fall Grub Crawl 5:30-9 p.m. Sept. 23. Advance registration is required, and admission costs $25 per person, $40 for a pair and $150 for a group of 10. Grub Crawl T-shirts must be picked up at the chamber’s office, 12900 Hall Road, Suite 100, in Sterling Heights.

Learn more by visiting or by calling (586) 731-5400, ext. 11.