FLINT, MI – A week dedicated to supporting and showcasing restaurants in and around Flint is taking place this week.
The community is invited to enjoy the city’s restaurant offerings, from fine dining to a relaxed atmosphere, specialty drinks, bar fare and more during Flint Restaurant Week.
It runs from Tuesday October 12 to Saturday October 16 at nearly 20 restaurants in the Flint area.
The week was canceled last year due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spencer Ruegsegger and Ken Laatz started Flint Restaurant Week five years ago. The week usually takes place in the spring, but due to understaffing in many restaurants the schedule has changed.
“It was hard to find a time that worked and as we moved into the fall season it looked like maybe it would be a good time to give restaurants a little push by putting it into the fall,” by creating a buzz and just reminding people of all the right places, they’re already eaten in downtown and around Flint, ”Ruegsegger told MLive-The Flint Journal.
There are 19 restaurants featured this year, including 501 Bar and Grill, Blackstone’s Smokehouse, Café Rehma, Churchill’s Food and Spirits, Cork on Saginaw, Flint Crepe Co., Timothy’s Pub, Vehicle City Tacos, Palette Café, Soggy Bottom Bar and many more.
To see the full list of restaurants, go here.
Timothy’s Pub, 2890 Robert T Longway Blvd., in Flint, will feature Paddy’s Irish Salad, Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Blackberries, a Black Bean Quesadilla Burger, Michelle’s Famous Goulash, Walleye Dinner and a 2019 Burger N Brews Burger N Brews Burger Maggie Meadows.
The Flint Crepe Co., 555 Saginaw St., in Flint, plans to offer OG Reuben, MexiCali Pento, Berry Peach, Cherry French Toast, and Blueberry Fog and Soda Drink Specials. strawberry and rhubarb.
Before customers start to eat in the city, they must obtain a passport book which they will have stamped at each participating restaurant. When the customer orders from the restaurant’s FRW menu, they receive a stamp.
After collecting six or more stamps, customers must hand in their passport to Soggy Bottom Bar, 613 Martin Luther King Ave., Flint for a chance to win a prize. Participants are encouraged to act quickly as prizes are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
Upon return of the passport book, participants will receive a prize consisting of a pint glass with a Flint Restaurant Week logo and a screen-printed poster with the logo.
Laatz said the poster design was created by local artist Matthew Osmon, who uses Factory Two’s manufacturing space, 129 N. Grand Traverse St., in Flint, to do this.
“It’s going to be something cool that people would love to hang in the kitchen or something like that,” Laatz said. “It’s going to be a beautiful piece.”
When Laatz, managing director of Soggy Bottom Bar and Ruegsegger, co-owner of Xolo and The Eberson, planned to start Restaurant Week five years ago, they really wanted to make a point of having leadership roles because of their own involvement in the region’s restaurants.
“I think when it comes to restaurants, I think the quality of the local restaurants is higher than any of the competitors at the company level,” Laatz said. “They care more about food and service and it’s just nice to know that if you go to a local restaurant, you are really directly supporting your community. I think Flint Restaurant Week is a great way to do this. I also think it’s a great way to try something you’ve never tried before.
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