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Mondays At The Morrie
Deal alert! Every Monday at The Morrie in downtown Royal Oak, diners can either enjoy The Morrie Burger (two quarter-pound Angus Reserve patties, M.H.S., lettuce, tomato, American cheese and the option for fried egg or bacon) or the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich (crispy chicken, shredded lettuce, garlic aioli, pickles, blue cheese) for just $5!

La Dulce Moves Downtown
The multi-cultural tapas spot La Dulce has relocated from Royal Oak to a sprawling 7,000-square-foot space at the Crowne Plaza Detroit Riverfront (2 Washington Blvd.).

“We have absolutely loved our time in the Royal Oak community and will miss the neighborhood that embraced us as we built our footprint. We had an opportunity to be part of Detroit’s growing culinary scene that we couldn’t pass up. We’re so excited for our next step,” says owner Luis Negrete.

La Dulce’s new location on Detroit’s riverfront is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. It features a vibrant open-air patio facing the Detroit River, ideal for cocktail hour and private events.

An expanded kitchen operation allows the culinary team to feature new large-scale dining experiences including suckling pig and shareable paella.

The restaurant’s culinary program is helmed by Executive Chefs Juan Negrete and Hector Sanz. La Dulce is known for serving “tapas from around the world” with signature dishes including Ceviche, Ibérico Cured Loin Croquettes, Squid Ink Calamari, Galicia-style Octopus and traditional Churros.

Hours are Monday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-midnight, and Sunday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Summer Menu At C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse
Chef Jeff Rose’s initial vision for C.A.Y.A., an acronym for “Come As You Are,” was going to be a quaint French bistro; but he eventually settled on an upscale smokehouse and grill in the picturesque Walled Lake area with pals Richard and Rachel Mandell. Rose’s claim to fame is running a scratch kitchen, seeking out produce and meat from farms within 100 miles of the restaurant. Tollgate Farms, a Michigan State University property in Novi, is his favorite spot to grab fresh vegetables during the summer months.
He has just changed his menu to include new summer favorites. Vegetarians and vegans will love the pulled squash, and meat lovers will see it as the perfect side dish.

The eclectic menu changes with the season and summer has brought out wonderful new flavors with Michigan asparagus, mint, watermelon, salmon, short ribs and steak. Come in to check out the new dishes.

Olga’s Summer Literacy Program
Olga’s Kitchen has a new summer reading program called “Get Fed for What You Read.” Olga’s Kitchen created this program to help kids avoid the “summer slide” which, according to the National Summer Learning Association, estimates that students who do not read over the summer will lose roughly 22 percent, or about two months, of knowledge gained during the school year.

Through the “Get Fed for What You Read” program, kids can earn a free kid’s meal and kid’s dessert simply by reading. Parents and children can download the reading tracker from www.olgas.com, where children should color in a segment for every 10 minutes of reading they complete. Once the entire tracker is full, a parent or guardian must sign the document for the child and bring it to a local Olga’s Kitchen to claim the reading rewards.

The program runs through Sept. 4 and is designed for children 12 years of age and younger.

“Olga’s wants children to develop a continued love for reading,” said Mark Schostak, owner and chairman of TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants. “As a father, I know the battles that can ensue trying to get kids to read and keep up on their studies over the summer. Parents are always looking for incentives to motivate their children. We’re hoping lunch or dinner at Olga’s Kitchen, plus dessert, can do just that.”

Artisan Food Makers Come To Ann Arbor
Zingerman’s is celebrating more than three decades of great food and community with an epic gathering of artisan food makers on Saturday, Aug. 12, when an unprecedented collection of some of the world’s most famous food producers will descend upon the Ann Arbor Farmers Market (315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor) for Zingerman’s 35th Anniversary Street Fair Party. Admission and samples are free, and everyone is welcome. 

Arrivederci Roma
Detroit’s oldest restaurant, Roma Café, officially shut its doors July 12. Owner Janet Sossi Belcoure said her retirement and the sale of the restaurant had been discussed for some time, especially after the death of her father and previous owner Hector Sossi in January 2016. Unfortunately, Belcoure said it became clear that finding a buyer for the restaurant would not be possible.

“I never wanted to close Roma,” Belcoure said. “It turned out that selling the business was not possible while my retirement became more and more inevitable. I want to thank all the incredible people over the years who helped create so many wonderful memories at Roma.”

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