The Backroom at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit
By Ryan Fishman

There’s a brand new dining and entertainment space at MGM Grand Detroit, the Backroom at TAP (1777 3rd Ave.). Located just off the restaurant, it’s a space where you can hang out and play games like giant Jenga, shuffleboard and darts, all in a friendly and laid back, social club environment.

The Backroom at TAP at MGM Grand DetroitThe Backroom features the entire TAP menu, which focuses on comfort food and offers a number of rotating nightly specials. There’s also a Backroom-exclusive menu during extended late-night hours on Friday and Saturday nights, with the kitchen open until 2 a.m. Some of those dishes include fried green beans, Reuben egg rolls, mussels and calamari.

The Backroom is reserved for guests 21 and older and opens daily at 7 a.m.  Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations can also be made by calling (313) 465-1234.

New Funding Option For Local Restaurateurs
With an eye on loans for the restaurant industry, Ready Capital Corporation in Birmingham has launched a new division, Restaurant Loan Corporation. The division is now open in its offices at 199 Pierce St., and the new lender will offer working capital, lines of credit, equipment leasing, business advances and mortgages for restaurant operators. There will also be a focus on Small Business Administration financing, commercial bridge loans, debt consolidation and assistance in accessing commercial bank loans.

Vice President Makenzie Backonen says the industry has a dramatic failure rate in the infancy stage of many restaurants, so with a lender who focuses exclusively on restaurant loans, there’s an opportunity to pick the lowest-cost financing option that’s tailor-made to an entrepreneur’s specific needs and goals.

Backonen also says there are a number of low-interest federal loan programs many in the industry would be unfamiliar with, and Restaurant Loan Corp. will act as a comprehensive “one-stop-shop” with its own menu of business loan solutions.

Fun-Filled Events
Bell’s Brewery
is taking over the taps at Royal Oak’s Ale Mary’s Beer Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 24 (316 S. Main St.). The Kalamazoo-headquartered brewery will feature 14 of its beers all day — just remember to leave your keys at home if you plan on trying them all.

This year’s Detroit HydroFest will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gold Cup Race with a special race preview party on Thursday, Aug. 25, 5:30-9:30 p.m. The “Classic Shore Dinner” at the Roostertail will feature a strolling dinner prepared by the London Chop House, Huron Room, Andiamo, Fishbone’s, the Bayview Yacht Club and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina.

The $75 tickets include a complimentary drink; two Roostertail pavilion tickets for the Gold Cup on Sunday, Aug. 28; a private tour of the boat pit area; and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2016 GM vehicle. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. For more information on the HydroFest and Gold Cup Race, visit or call (313) 329-8047.

If you’re a fan of food trucks and live music, don’t miss the Royal Oak Farmers Market Food Truck Rally — Wednesday, Sept. 14, 5-9 p.m. More than a dozen trucks are expected, serving up everything from pizza to hot dogs, sushi, tacos and barbeque. The event is free and open to the public.

Mark your calendar for Humble Design’s first annual benefit concert, Gigs for Digs, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Fillmore (2115 Woodward Ave.). The event will feature Michigan-native Frankie Ballard and the Motor City Horns. Tickets start at just $25. For more information, call (248) 243-7144 or visit

Mazel Tov

To Lindsay Kwaselow and Josh Fisher on their engagement.

Happy birthday to Shayna Danto, Brad Fingeroot, Shantel Goldberg, Jody Greenspan, Stephanie Harris, Berna Ravitz, Isabella Tobias and Lauren Victor.

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