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5 restaurants open inside Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal as part of $21M dining redevelopment plan

Five new restaurants opened inside of Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal recently representing the second part of a $21 million multi-phased dining redevelopment project. (Photos courtesy of Wayne County Airport Authority)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Nov. 19, 2019

Five new restaurants opened inside of Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal recently.

The opening of the restaurants are the second phase of a $21 million dining redevelopment plan that includes 15 food and beverage businesses — some of which are Metro Detroit staples.

Related: Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal welcomes three new restaurants

The restaurants that opened recently include Starbucks, McDonald’s, Detroit-based National Coney Island, Common Grace Coffee Co., a local café specializing in the roasting of fine specialty coffees, MOD Pizza, a pizza chain that offers hand-cooked pizzas in just minutes.

“Detroit Metropolitan Airport is known for its many dining options,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “We are pleased to offer new concepts and even more choices for those traveling through our North Terminal. DTW is consistently being recognized for its terminal facilities, and our concessions are a key reason why. I’m confident our customers will enjoy the fresh appeal of our newest locations.”

The restaurants are operated by four concessionaires, including HMSHost, DTW North Partners, LLC, NAC-MAC Concessions, LLC and McDonald’s USA.

“National Coney Island is thrilled to be an ongoing partner with WCAA, and to open a new location in the North Terminal at Metro Airport,” said National Coney Island CEO Tom Giftos. “We are a Detroit-based brand that has always taken a tremendous amount of pride in our name and our presence here in Southeast Michigan. To be a part of the airport, which is a gateway to our city, is very special. As air travel continues to evolve in the coming years, we hope to bring a renewed spirit to the terminal and be an integral component of the world-class concessions program at Detroit Metro.”

The Airport Authority says to ensure a variety of food options are available for customers at all times, the transformation is divided into four phases.

The third phase of the redevelopment, which includes Pei Wei, Brioche Dorée, Chick-Fil-A and Anita’s Kitchen, is expected to be completed this winter.


 

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Locally owned The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery to celebrate grand opening Saturday

Owners Duane and Lisa Mendenhall are opening The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery on Friday, with their grand opening event hosted on Saturday. The business will offer several different soft serve ice cream options and a full menu of food. (Photo courtesy Lisa Mendenhall)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

The Huron area will have a new option for ice cream and food starting this weekend.

The Family Fridge Ice Cream and Eatery, a locally owned establishment, will offer soft serve ice cream and several different food options at the corner of Waltz and South Huron Roads.

The business, located at 22984 Waltz Road, is owned by Huron residents Duane and Lisa Mendenhall, and is in the former American Dairy Treats building.

The business’s first day open will be Friday, but on Saturday, they will celebrate their grand opening by offering free baby cones for kids under 10, and gift card raffles.

Business hours are 11:30 a.m. — 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. — 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. — 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Check out their full menu below:

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Detroit Metro Airport to host concessions job fair Sept. 14; public invited to attend

Three restaurants opened for business in June at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport’s North Terminal. The restaurants include: Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria, Air Margaritaville, Detroit Street Café featuring Zingerman’s Coffee, and Atwater Brewery. (Photos courtesy of Detroit Metro Airport)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019


Detroit Metro Airport is hosting a job fair on behalf of its concessionaires. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 at Nomads – 10100 Middlebelt Rd., Romulus, Michigan 48174.

Management teams from several concessionaires will be on site, interviewing candidates for full- and part-time positions in the McNamara and North terminals.

Opportunities are available at several retail and dining locations including EA Sports, Running Fit, Explore Afar, Cat Cora Tap Room, National Coney Island, Andiamo, Starbucks, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A and many others.

Staff from the newest restaurants in the North Terminal: Cantoro Italian Market Trattoria, Atwater Brewery, Air Margaritaville and MOD Pizza will also be on site conducting interviews.

Related: Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal welcomes three new restaurants

“One of the ways Detroit Metropolitan Airport contributes to our region’s economy is by employing more than 17,000 workers,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “If you want to join the team, meet people from all over the world and provide quality customer service, your next job may be right here at the airport.”

Job fair participants must be at least 18 years old and should bring two pieces of identification: a state identification card or driver’s license and their original social security card or birth certificate with seal. Any offers of employment will require successful completion of an airport background check.

“There are so many opportunities for employment and growth at DTW,” said Vice President of AJA & Associates and Joint Venture Partner Julie Anders. “Working at the airport offers a diverse platform for you to learn, grow and succeed. Attending the job fair may be the start of a new adventure.”

For more information, job seekers should contact WCAA’s Concessions team at (734) 942-3751, send an email to concessions@wcaa.us or text DTWJOBS to 31996.


 

Janet’s Village Shop hosting grand reopening on Friday in New Boston

Located at 37278 Huron River Drive, the shop, which was temporarily closed, will reopen to the public at noon Friday.


Posted Thursday, August 15, 2019


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

The hiatus is over — Janet’s Village Shop in downtown New Boston is hosting a grand reopening celebration on Friday, Aug. 16.

Located at 37278 Huron River Drive, the shop, which was temporarily closed, will reopen to the public at noon Friday.

The shop features several rooms filled with handmade and unique toys, gifts, and decorations for sale.

The shop will be open Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Refreshments will be served all weekend during the reopening celebration.

On closed days, shoppers can call Janet for an appointment at 734-753-4545.


Trudy’s Diner announces it will close on Aug. 25

Seen here is Trudy’s Diner, which opened at the downtown location in March 2019 and announced Saturday that August 25 will be the business’s his last day. (Photo: Facebook)


Posted Monday, August 12, 2019


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Trudy’s Diner in New Boston announced Saturday on their Facebook page that Aug. 25 will be the business’s last day.

The diner opened at the downtown location, which has housed multiple diners in the past few years, in March 2019.

“It is with a saddened heart that I have to inform you all, that Trudys Diner, will be closing its doors at end of business on August 25th, 2019,” the business said in a Facebook post.

“The owners are selling the building and it is financially impossible for the diner to purchase it at this time. We appreciate each and every one of you and are very thankful for all of you for making us a success.”

The post went on to say that the diner hopes to open in a new location someday, and that they hope people will continue to dine at the restaurant up until they close.


365 Health Care Group opens in New Boston


Published by The Huron Hub on Wednesday, August 7, 2019


The 365 Health Care Group has purchased the medical practice of Dr. Toms Mathew located at 19270 Hannan Road New Boston as of Aug. 1, 2019.

We provide value based primary health care and full service laboratory diagnostic services.

We have four board certified providers and serve four locations in Wayne County.

• Dearborn
• Wayne
• Wyandotte
• New Boston

Appointments in New Boston are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We plan to extend services in the future to afterhours Urgent Care as well as additional business hours on Tuesday & Thursday.

We are committed to providing the highest quality health care services to the Huron Township community and look forward to serving its citizens and employees for years to come.

For additional information or to make an appointment, please call 313-563-6000.

Source: Michael Pagnano, 365 Health Care Group


LDFA votes to support Wayne County’s RFQ process for sale, development of Pinnacle property

The abandoned Pinnacle Racecourse sits vacant in this 2014 photo by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub.


Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019 

Editor’s note: The chances of development at the vacant Pinnacle property at the north end of the township could be moving forward sooner than later. 

Below is a press release from the Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority regarding the group’s unanimous vote to support Wayne County’s Request For Qualification process to sell and develop the Pinnacle property.

According to the press release, the buyers for the property consist of The Sterling Group, a Detroit based equity firm, and Hillwood, a Texas based developer who is part of the Perot Company. Hillwood is a large-scale global development firm with industrial and residential experience. The Sterling Group, according to their website, partners with management teams to grow and build winning businesses in the industrial sector.

Related: Hillwood Investment Properties visits Board of Trustees for informational meeting on Pinnacle site proposal

To view The Huron Hub’s complete coverage of the Pinnacle property, including the defunct race track through the recently announced proposed development, please visit this archive on HuronHub.com.

–Scott Bolthouse


RFQ Process Holds Hope for Pinnacle Property in Huron Township, MI

Source: Huron Township LDFA

Huron Township, MI, July 23, 2019 – The Pinnacle area property in Huron Township has sat vacant for the past nine years due to the closure of the racecourse and unpaid taxes. In a similar situation in Trenton with the old McLouth Steel property, Wayne County has stepped up again to try and secure a development plan.

Like the Trenton process, once taxes go unpaid, the property can either go to auction or proceed with a right of refusal first going to the State, then the Township and then Wayne County for purchase.

Being proactive, Wayne County sent out request for quotes (RFQ) to nine hundred and ninety-six developers and received only two bids. After the second bid was discarded because of financial requirements the remaining bid is being taken seriously.

The Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority holds 320 acres in the Pinnacle area or LDFA2 within its jurisdiction.

Wafa Dinaro, Wayne County Deputy Director of Capital Development indicated that the offer included $4.8 million purchase price which included the 320 acres held by the LDFA2/Pinnacle AeroPark and 330 acres held by Wayne County. $4.8 million is owed in back taxes.

“They have a September deadline to avoid auction.” Said Dinar. “The buyers have a plan right now for a mixed use development including commercial, office, hotel, restaurant and retail.” The percentage of Industrial to Commercial business in this mix use is still in the works.

Wayne County Economic Development, Executive Director Khalil Rahal said. “We will do everything possible to prevent an auction. With these projects it is important to know who you are dealing with and building relationships to hold development accountable for what the public wants.”

Other benefits of working with a developer include timelines, strict workforce development requirements and use of local contractors. With the Huron Township LDFA ability to help the new developer with infrastructure, it’s a win-win situation when the development brings jobs and tax dollars to a vacant property.

The buyers for this property consist of The Sterling Group, a Detroit based equity firm and Hillwood, a Texas based developer who is part of the Perot Company. Hillwood is a large-scale global development firm with major industrial and residential experience. Their portfolio is extensive and upscale, see their website https://www.hillwood.com/. The Hillwood group has also taken it upon themselves to hold a public meeting and asking the residents what would they like to see built on the property. They used those comments to adjust their original proposal for the site.

The LDFA trustees voted on July 17 to support the Wayne County RFQ process moving forward and the motion passed unanimously.

“Not only do we believe we have the properties, we have the service and support businesses needed to relocate in our beautiful township.” Said R.P. Lilly, LDFA Chairman. “Companies are amazed how easy our group are to work with.” The LDFA 1 and LDFA 2 parcels are convenient to Detroit Metro Airport, major expressways and railways.

For more information visit the web site www.hurontwpldfa.com , www.twitter.com/hurontwpldfa and video can be found at www.youtube.com/hurontwpldfa


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