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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

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.



Gov. Whitmer visits New Boston restaurant for a sit-down with local officials, community leaders

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discusses state and federal issues with local officials, community members, and residents on Nov. 13 at Tony’s Coney Island and Grill in New Boston. (Image courtesy of Tony’s Coney Island and Grill)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Nov. 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited New Boston last week for a sit-down conversation with local officials and community members.

The meeting was held at Tony’s Coney Island and Grill on Nov. 13 and was not announced to local media ahead of time.

During the meeting, Whitmer was joined by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and the two discussed a recent proposal by Whitmer to expand overtime eligibility for Michigan workers.

“As the law stands right now, far too many Michigan workers are not guaranteed overtime pay when they put in extra hours at work,” said Camilleri. “The governor is taking bold steps to ensure Michiganders are fairly compensated for a hard day’s work. This has the potential to help thousands of families achieve the financial security they need to support themselves, and I look forward to doing all I can support this initiative with my work in the Legislature,” Camilleri said.

Recent changes in federal law are set to extend overtime pay rights to workers making up to $35,500, but even then less than one in six Michiganders will benefit, a statement from Camilleri said.

If enacted, Whitmer’s proposal would raise that threshold to $61,000.

Also participating in the discussion were state Reps. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham), Matt Koleszar (D-Plymouth) and representatives from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, as well as two residents who would be affected by the proposed change.

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer meeting with local community members to discuss expanding overtime eligibility. (Photo courtesy Darrin Camilleri)


Northbound I-275 closed at Michigan Avenue in Canton due to three vehicle crash

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 — 12:30 P.M. EST

Updated 3:40 P.M. — MDOT says that the scene of the crash has been cleared.

A crash on northbound I-275 that happened near Ford Road has closed the freeway in Canton Township.

The freeway is closed from Michigan Avenue through Ann Arbor Road.

The crash happened around 10:50 a.m. Monday.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash, according to Michigan State Police.

One driver had to be extracted from their vehicle by firefighters, but MSP says there are no serious injuries.

All northbound lanes are closed while police investigate the crash, according to MDOT.

It’s unclear how long the freeway will be closed.


Camilleri, Chang open Downriver Community Workspace set to offer face-to-face help with state issues

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (center) talks with a resident during Wednesday’s opening celebration of the Downriver Community Workspace located inside of Gibraltar City Hall. (Photo courtesy of House Democrats)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Nov. 15, 2019

The Downriver Community Workspace opened this week inside of Gibraltar City Hall.

The workspace allows residents in Downriver the ability to receive help with state issues in a face-to-face format.

It’s also the first community space opened by state lawmakers in Downriver in over a decade.

The workspace was spearheaded by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and State Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).

Camilleri and Chang say they hope the new workspace will serve to make state government more accessible to Downriver residents.

“As a state representative, the best part of my job is being out in the community with the people I have the honor of representing,” said Camilleri. “I want to ensure that all Downriver residents have a reliable place they can go to get assistance and discuss the most important issues facing their families. Opening a community workspace has been something we’ve been working on for a long time, and we’re really excited by the opportunities it will provide.”

Over 30 residents attended the open house for the new workspace on Wednesday. Coffee, pie and other refreshments from local businesses were served during the event.

Staff will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during normal business hours at the city hall.

Gibraltar City Hall is located at 29450 Munro Street.

Residents with questions, or those looking for more information about the new workspace, are encouraged to reach out to Camilleri by phone at (517) 373-0555 or by email at, or Chang by phone at (517) 373-7346 or by email at


Huron High School honor student nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston

Emma Downer has been named delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA in June 2020. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. Downer is a junior at Huron High School in New Boston. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Downer)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Nov. 11, 2019

Emma Downer, a junior at Huron High School in New Boston, has been named delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

The Congress will meet in Lowell, Mass. on June 24-26, and Downer has been chosen to represent Michigan.

Only high school honors students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields are allowed into the program.

The event in June is held to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country interested in these careers, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal, the National Academy of Future Physicians said in a statement

Downer’s nomination was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

She was chosen to represent Michigan based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine, the Academy said.

During the three-day Congress, Downer will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research, be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school and witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles.

The Congress will also learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology, and learn from other teenage prodigies in the medial field.

It is a crucial time in America, according to the Academy. 

“We need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially. Focused, bright and determined students like Emma Downer are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her,” the Academy said in a statement.

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to become physicians or go into medical science.

Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate, opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students, and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, and career guidance.

“The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career,” the Academy said.

Based in Washington, D.C. with offices in Boston, Mass., the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.


Winter weather advisory issued for Monday; 3 to 5 inches of snow forecasted

3 to 5 inches of snow is forecasted for Monday, Nov 11, 2019. (Photo: Huron Hub archive)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 — 3:30 p.m.

It’s not yet officially winter on the calendar, but that’s not stopping Mother Nature.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Wayne County from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

3 to 5 inches of snow is expected across the Metro area on Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Detroit.

Snow will begin early Monday morning and persist through much of the afternoon, according to forecasters.

Temperatures will hold steady in the upper 20s and low 30 in the morning before gradually dropping during the afternoon.

Motorists should plan on slippery road conditions that likely will impact the morning and evening commutes.