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Michigan Restaurants Face Staffing Challenges; Watch Ronald McDonald Nae-Nae

Plus, news from Detroit BBQ Company and more.

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

COMING ATTRACTIONS — Food trailer Detroit BBQ Company, which remains remarkably popular despite the owner's habit of putting his foot in his mouth, is looking for two partner/investors to help the business go brick-and-mortar. Tim Idzikowski is looking for approximately $200,000 in investments. [Facebook]

ACCOLADES — Detroit's nose-to-tail restaurant Republic is featured among OpenTable's 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2015. What qualifies as a "foodie restaurant" you ask? Restaurants serving "delicious dishes, from rustic to refined, [that are] meant to be shared with both forks and phones." The list was compiled based on reviews by verified OpenTable diners. [OpenTable]

STUNTS — In a bizarre PR stunt, Ronald McDonald showed off his Nae-Nae and hustle skills in a McDonald's parking lot on the corner of Grand River and Lahser. [Daily Detroit/Instagram]

#ronaldmcdonald can really hustle. Great times with #shareacoke

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THE CHAINS — Shake Shack failed to strip local Metro Detroit chain Chicken Shack of its trademark title. "Since the marks are similar and the goods and services are related, there is a likelihood of confusion as to the source of (Shake Shack)'s goods. Therefore, (the proposed) mark is not entitled to registration," says trademark attorney John Gartner. [Crain's]

LABOR PAINS — Michigan restaurants are struggling to find enough staff due, in part, to the improving economy. "(More people) are dining out more often and this has created so many more restaurants in our market. And it has put a shortage on how many people are available to us," Bacco Ristorante and Bigalora owner Lucciano Del Signore says. "It's forcing restaurateurs to really create better benefits, retirement packages to retain people and to try and become more attractive in the marketplace." [Detroit News]

Detroit BBQ Company

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