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Detroit Restaurant Experts Sum Up 2018 in One Word

The local dining scene, in brief.

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Michelle and Chris Gerard

As is tradition at Eater, we closed out the year by surveying local food writers and our own staff on various restaurant-related topics, and publishing their responses throughout the week. Up next: How would you sum up 2018 in one word? Readers, feel free to share your thoughts below.

Brittany Hutson, Contributor, Eater Detroit:

Revolution. As the momentum of the #metoo movement carried over from 2017, I can’t help but think of its effect on the restaurant world, along with the steady increase of women-owned and led restaurants (#thefutureoffoodisfemale), and triple bottom line businesses.

Brenna Houck, Editor, Eater Detroit:

Change. The food world went through a tremendous amount of change in 2018. There was, of course, the sudden loss of some of its most prominent voices, but also the #metoo movement, which has fueled some very important conversations in every industry but particularly in restaurants. I think here in Detroit we have a lot of excellent women-owned businesses paving the way to greater equity in restaurants and that’s something to be proud of.

Dorothy Hernandez, Contributor, Eater Detroit:

Woman (as in all the bad ass women doing amazing things this year such as Folk, Lady of the House, Sister Pie, Rose’s Fine Food, and Marrow just to name a few)

Nick Britsky, Host, Nick Drinks at Night:

Banal.

Serena Maria Daniels, Founder/Editor, Tostada Magazine:

Promise.

John Reyes, Ann Arbor Contributor, Eater Detroit:

Safe.

Melody Baetens, Features Reporter, Detroit News:

“Sustainableish?”

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