THE CHAINS — Detroiters may be running on more Dunkin' in the coming years. The doughnut and coffee chain is plotting a 20-store expansion in Southeast Michigan over the next five years. [DBiz]
NEWS — Can another L. Georges Coney Island make it in a location where many other restaurants have failed? [Detroit News]
EXPANSIONS — The Zingerman's food empire is pouring more than $1 million into renovations for a 6,000-square-foot space in the downtown Ann Arbor Residence Inn by Marriott. The company plans to open a new events space called The Greyline in the building by late July. [DBiz]
EVENTWIRE — The monkey — or rather creepy red dwarf — on Detroit's back returns this weekend during the Marche du Nain Rouge to cause mischief. He's already been spotted at 8 Degrees Plato Detroit, Honest John's, and other Cass Corridor eateries. Restaurants, bars, and cafes in Detroit are getting in the spirit with Nain Rouge-inspired specials and deals. Check out the full list below. [EaterWire]
Cass Cafe: Prepare for the coming of the Nain all week with a special Tito's Bloody Nain along with rotating Nain-friendly food specials. Goodwells Natural Foods Market: Don't miss their "Hibiscus Ginger Tea," which is made from an ancient herbal blend that has been proven to ward off the Nain. Tell them that you are joining the fight and get 50% off the Hibiscus Ginger Tea all week. Honest ? Johns: Don't miss our Fete du Nain Week specials all week - The Dirt Devil...a red take on our 'Hoover' shot & beer specials $5.00. Also featuring ... Blood Red Velvet Pancakes and fiendishly hot 'Imp Fingers'. Hopcat - Detroit: Go to HopCat all Fete du Nain Week for fiendishly delicious Nain Wings and check for Nain drink features. Don't miss the special 11 AM Saturday March 19th tapping of the special Nain beer and mead. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery Detroit: All Fete du Nain Week, enjoy our Nain-inspired food specials! Celebrate the Nain with a "Blood Bath Beer" or a Watermelon Peppercorn Bloody Mary. On Marche morning we will be doing a special opening at 10AM. Majestic Theatre: Prepare for the Nain with 15% off brunch in the Majestic Café on Marche Day, including bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Want to take out your disgust for the Nain, throw some bowling balls down a lane afterwards - free bowling with your brunch receipt. Motor City Brewing Works: Prepare your intestines for the coming of the Nain with a special "La Nain" pizza - Jalapeno/Cilantro Pesto, Quattro Formaggi, Bacon, Fresh Tomatoes, with optional Sriracha pentagram. Marche Day - opening at 10 AM serving Beer and Breakfast to build your Marche base including breakfast burritos, Red Hook coffee, and special Bloody Beers. My Dad's Bar - Detroit: The Eastside is prepping for the expected arrival of the Nain Rouge with a "Nain Rouge Boilermaker" special - only $5 - Mon thru Sat. Come get ready. Pure Detroit: Start your day with a coffee roast that will prepare you for the Nain. Stella Good's Nain Rouge Roast - whole bean coffee will be available all week. The Red Hook Detroit: Need a jilt to get you ready on Marche day, get a great cup of Red Hook coffee on Motor City Brewing Works' patio, starting at 10 AM. Selden Standard: Don't miss their Nain-Day Brunch at the premium watching spot along the parade route. Appropriate Nain welcoming food and drink will be featured throughout the brunch. Slows To Go: Get into the street parade mood all Fete Week with some NOLA-inspired Red Beans and Rice, w or w/o Andouille sausage. Need some Marche day fuel, don't miss our food trailer on Second Ave. near the start of the parade. Stella Good Coffee: Don't miss the Nain Rouge Latte dusted with cinnamon - available all week. Nain Rouge Roast - whole bean coffee will be available all week too. Look for Stella's Nain in a Cup which will be appearing around Detroit all week. St. Cece's Food & Spirits: Try a Le Petit Nain Rouge cocktail or Nain Rouge wine all week long. Traffic Jam & Snug: Get ready for the Nain with specials Fri to Sun. Crawfish Boil - A devilish mess of fiery red hot crawdads just up from NOLA with Redskins, corn on the cob and Andouille sausage. Devil in a Red Dress - Devil's food cake filled with chocolate ganache clothed in a red raspberry cream frosting and vanilla ice cream. Happy Hour pricing at bar from 2:00-close. Treat Dreams: Fire up your taste buds with our unique Nain Rouge special ice cream running all week. Union Street Detroit: Prepare for the expected arrival of the Nain with Red Devil spicy wings and get in the festival mood with Jumbo Shrimp po-boy. Absinthe frappe and bourbon milk punch will help to steady your nerves before seeing the Nain. 8 Degrees Plato Detroit: Don't chase doom spouting imps away with sticks! It's the 21st century! Starting Friday, join us at 8 Degree Plato and chase all that ruination away with our Nain Rouge themed beers and fancy French Champagne cocktails.