They just keep upping the ante at Greektown Casino-Hotel (555 E. Lafayette St.). The hotel last week announced it has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award, citing outstanding guest service and a number of upgraded in-room amenities.
Jack Entertainment acquired the property in 2013 and made some major, across-the-board changes to enhance the overall guest experience. The 400-room, modern high-rise hotel offers a laundry list of exceptional room conveniences, breathtaking city views, premium fine dining, and walkable access to the growing list of Downtown sports and entertainment venues.
They’ve also just wrapped a $70 million casino renovation, adding a state-of-the-art HVAC system for enhanced air quality, new technology and gaming options for guests, advanced LED lighting throughout the property and some beautifully upgraded interiors.
The award also had something to do with the new owner’s commitment to a unique culture that’s aimed at inspiring creativity, enthusiasm and passion among its team members. You won’t miss their focus on every guest, every time, with no exceptions or excuses.
The AAA Four Diamond rating is one of the most well-known and respected distinctions in the global travel industry, given to less than 6 percent of the company’s 28,000 approved hotels.
There’s a handful of fantastic new specials on the menu at Royal Oak’s Bistro 82 (401 S. Lafayette Ave.) just in time for fall. Executive Chef Derik Watson has revamped some guest favorites with seasonal flavors that pair perfectly with its ever-growing wine program. How he made the time to invent these amazing new dishes I’ll never know, as Derik is also now serving as the executive chef at AFB Hospital Group’s new sister restaurant, The Morrie.
Hitting the menu is a new carrot salad, which features roasted carrots with a hickory-smoke vinaigrette, buttermilk pudding and a dehydrated pickled shallot — the dish is both vegetarian and gluten-free. The Scottish salmon is now paired with a vanilla beet puree, baby turnips, baby beets, frisee and shishito peppers. One of my favorite dishes is their roasted cobia, which, for the season, is paired with a phenomenal butternut parmesan risotto, edamame, maitake mushrooms and baby kale. Finally, don’t miss the sea scallop served with a chestnut puree, radicchio, apple, salisfy, cranberry coulis and white chocolate.
Enjoy any (or better yet all) of these truly elegant dishes on a Wednesday night with any bottle of wine regularly priced at $100 or less for half-off. Its $25 filet and cabernet pairing every Tuesday is also a total steal for the price, and the steak is absolutely to die for.
Make sure you don’t miss the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus 32nd Anniversary Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. This is an organization that is always close to my heart as the grandchild of Holocaust survivors (the late Olga and Edward Burton), but this year’s honorees are two very special and deserving people — Rozie and Bernie Friedman. They’re not just the parents of a true mentsh (Matt) who has been a wonderful mentor to me for many years, but it was also an honor and a privilege to get to know Judge Friedman and watch him work as an intern in his courtroom when I was in law school. Tickets are available at www.holocaustcenter.org, or by calling Ruth Stern at (248) 536-9601.
To Lauren Kerwin and Jordan Yellen on their marriage. It was an absolutely stunning evening. We’re so glad we could be there to celebrate this simchah with you and your families.
Happy birthday to Earl Bogrow, Jon Epstein, Amanda Fisher, Natalie Haron, Bob Levine, Michael Serling and Rick Woolman.