Roast opening Oct. 15…

10 09 2008

…but according to the Detroit News, they needed a loan of $400,000 to do so.

Celebrity chef Michael Symon’s restaurant Roast aims to open Oct. 15 in the renovated Westin Book Cadillac downtown, backed in part by a $400,000 loan that includes public money.

After some debate about the struggles of downtown upscale restaurants, the loan was approved Tuesday by the board of the Economic Development Corp., a branch of the quasi-public Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Some of the money comes from the city’s $40 million casino fund; the 10-year loan is backed by Citizens Bank and personally guaranteed by Book Cadillac developer John Ferchill. A breakdown of how much each party is backing was not available.  

I would love to see a menu for this project.  It’s supposed to be a meat-eaters paradise.


Press Release – Local Bennigan’s Win Franchise Award

10 09 2008

From a press release….what did they win?  Best of one?  There can’t be many left….

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LaBelle Management Named Number One Bennigan’s Franchisee

LaBelle Management, a hospitality company that independently owns and operates all of the Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern locations in Michigan, has been named the 2008 Number One Bennigan’s Franchisee for all Domestic and International locations. This award, given by Bennigan’s Franchising Company, is based upon each Bennigan’s mystery shopper scores, Guest satisfaction focusing on quality, service and cleanliness and local store marketing efforts.

“LaBelle Management is a key franchisee that we rely heavily upon for their marketing, purchasing and menu expertise. They are truly a leader in the hospitality industry,” said Vince Runco, Interim President and CEO of Bennigan’s Franchise Company. “They have the highest mystery shopper and Guest satisfaction scores in the nation. In fact, the Michigan Bennigan’s consistently receive 100% mystery shopper scores.”

“We are proud of the level of hospitality, service and cleanliness that our Bennigan’s provide to our guests on a daily basis,” said Brad Hansen, CEO of LaBelle Management. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award.”