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Issue: #10 October | 2009

Grocery store planned for Detroit's Midtown
Jaclyn Trop | The Detroit News

Detroit -- The owners of a chain of Asian eateries plan to open a 7,000-square-foot neighborhood grocery in Midtown in the spring.
Jason and Paul Kado, who own four Rice Bowl restaurants in Detroit, signed a letter of intent in September to open and operate the store in the Studio One apartment complex at Woodward and Forest. Sunflower Market will carry basic groceries, including fresh meat and produce and frozen and prepared foods.

The market likely will be open to from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will serve Midtown residents and businesses, as well as Wayne State faculty and students, Paul Kado said. The store will operate as a "city market"-- smaller than a full-service supermarket, which requires a minimum footprint of 30,000 square feet -- and carry fewer items, he said.

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Detroit Restaurant Week surpasses expectations; Rattlesnake Club keeps deals going
Jon Zemke | Model D Media
The final numbers aren't in yet, but the organizers behind Detroit's Restaurant Week are ready to call it a success.

"I measure success by the number of happy tales from happy dinners, happy restauranteurs and sold out restaurants," says Jason Huvaere, whose Paxahau event promotions company put on the city's inaugural Restaurant Week. "We had a lot of all three."

One concrete stat Huvaere can hang his hat on is the success The Rattlesnake Club enjoyed. The riverfront restaurant sold out each night. That means a main dining room with 200-person capacity was constantly humming. "No one had a day off," says Amy Engelbert, catering manager for The Rattlesnake Club. 

The restaurant is carrying on its Restaurant Week for the rest of October. The extended menu will be available Tuesday-Friday all month.

Huvaere plans to bring Detroit Restaurant Week back, making it twice a year event, one in the spring and another in the fall.

Source: Jason Huvaere, director of Detroit Restaurant Week, and Amy Engelbert, catering manager for The Rattlesnake Club
Writer: Jon Zemke
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Buyers rush to beat tax credit deadline
Real estate professionals report that first-time home buyers are flooding the sale market, pressed to finalize a deal before the federal government's $8,000 tax credit offer expires on Nov. 30. 

Because mortgage approvals, residential inspections, and other steps in the buying process typically take about two months, buyers hoping to take advantage of the incentive will need to have a contract by the end of September. 

The new flurry of activity now as house-hunters try to meet the deadline is triggering bidding wars and energizing the property market, which historically is slow at the end of summer. As a result, more homes are getting their full asking price. 

Source: Chicago Tribune, Kathleen Lynn (08/14/09)

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