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Detroit Restaurants Are Dishing Up Deals for the QLine Launch

Plus, the New York Times say Ann Arbor’s dining scene is all grown up

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The QLine on a test run in downtown Detroit.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
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.

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DEAL FEED — The QLine rail is being received with a mixture of excitement and criticism as it readies for its impending launch down Woodward Avenue on May 12. One thing is for sure: businesses along the QLine’s path are ready to celebrate the unclogging of Detroit’s main artery after several years of excruciating construction. To toast the grand opening and a weekend of free rides, the restaurants (and businesses) at each stop are offering special deals on food and drink. Cuisine, Z’s Villa, Fourteen East Cafe, and Firebird Tavern are all participating. While you await the big reveal, make sure to read up on all the essential details about Detroit’s most controversial piece of public transportation since the introduction of the People Mover. [EaterWire/Curbed]

FOOD MEDIA — Ann Arbor native Jennifer Conlin highlights the grown up dining scene in Ann Arbor in her latest Michigan dispatch for the New York Times. Spots like Spencer, Grange Kitchen & Bar, Taste Kitchen, Fred’s, Mikette Bistro and Bar, and Avalon Cafe and Kitchen all receive nods. [NYT]

EATER IDK — In Oak Park this summer, the police department is trying a sweeter form of community outreach: free ice cream. The department plans to launch a community-supported ice cream truck on May 22. The vehicle will offer 300 free ice cream sandwiches every week through the fall. [Freep]

BOOZE NEWS — Downtown Birmingham’s European-style eeatery, La Strada Dolci e Caffé, has secured one of the city’s rarified bistro licenses that will allow the eatery to offer beer, wine, and champagne from the Continent. The restaurant launched in 2015 with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu featuring sandwiches, pastries, pizzas, and dishes like Spaghetti alla Carbonara. [EaterWire]


670 Lothrop Street, , MI 48202 (313) 872-5110 Visit Website

Firebird Tavern

419 Monroe Street, , MI 48226 (313) 782-4189 Visit Website

Z's Villa

42 Piquette Avenue, , MI 48202 (313) 874-2680 Visit Website