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Few can argue that a night of booze, food, and video games wouldn’t be fun! Set to open in April or May of this year, “Ready Player One” is the brainchild of friends, Wael Gharbie and Mohamed Badaoui, and will revamp a former tobacco factory in Downtown Detroit (407 East Fort Street) – all part of the effort to revitalize the area.
Daily Detroit interviewed Gharbie, asking him about a range of topics, including the inspiration behind the bar arcade, the food, and types of games that the facility will include. A couple of highlights from the interview:
Daily Detroit: So how did this idea for a bar arcade come together?
Wael Gharbie: Mo and I are huge gamers and have been friends since high school. After high school I went and became a firefighter and he went to Iowa and opened up a few pizzerias… Video games are a passion ours and it just fit us so well. Also, Detroit still did not have a fulltime bar/arcade which lead us even further to jump on the idea. Every major city around the country has at least one and why not Detroit and why not us?
You can read the rest of the interview at Daily Detroit.
According to the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit Foundation Hotel is set to open in the former Detroit Fire Department headquarters across the street from Cobo Center in May.
The new hotel, which is set to include 100-rooms, is part of the growing movement in downtown Detroit to offer more luxurious, upscale accommodations for guests and visitors to Detroit’s numerous shows, conventions, and other events throughout the year. The effort to revitalize and reinvent many of the older, vacant buildings around Downtown has led to much excitement and energy in Detroit in the last few years.
“It’s an incredible time in Detroit and we’re excited and honored that Foundation Hotel will have the opportunity to play a role in the city’s story,” said Mario Triccoci, co-founder and CEO of Aparium Hotel Group, to the Detroit Free Press. “In creating this hotel, we are collaborating with local makers, artists and innovators to introduce a true Detroit experience for both locals and visitors.”
Detroit has been in the news with headlines referring to the revolution of Detroit, the rebirth of the city, the growth that Detroit has witnessed, the turnaround the city has made; yet, a transformation is seldom mentioned. Ask a resident of Detroit how much the city has changed and they can name off a dozen or so reasons as to what’s changed in the city and how it’s impacted them. Ask any “outsiders” about Detroit and they’re likely to discuss commercial businesses and economic growth. If you compare present-day Detroit to the last time Super Bowl made its Detroit appearance, it’s an award worthy difference. With billions of dollars worth of city projects, Detroit’s transforming exceptionally well.
City lights color the city with a bright energy as restaurants all serve up unique bites that fill the air with an aroma special to the blend of all the businesses that are now lining up the streets of Detroit. It’s a feeling, a scent, a sight, a taste, a touch that’s unique to each visitor and resident of Detroit. The investors are continually putting more money in the city, more corporations are moving Downtown and a new population is emerging among the residents of Detroit. Nearly every single aspect of Detroit is transforming – public transportation, residential buildings, water system, and people – it’s all happening. Since 2013, there have been 77 new restaurants lucky enough to find a home in the D. Serve up a plate of Transformation Thursday because Detroit’s hungry for more!
Perhaps you’re visiting Belle Isle to catch a scenic view, MotorCity Casino to hit the slots, or Greektown to wander among the restaurants, people and Detroit skyline, Detroit’s home to top restaurants – franchise chains and local establishments alike. Roaming through the city, you’ll come across plenty of restaurants with different crowds, exotic food options, and an extraordinary energy custom to each dining spot. Detroit’s large ethnic populations allow for a cultural impact on the city – particularly the food and dining economy. Even if you’re visiting the city for a quick bite at a food truck, enjoying a riverfront lunch or dining atop the GM Renaissance Building, food is a centralized thought to visitors and Detroit locals. There are numerous independent grocery stories located throughout Metro Detroit providing a source for surrounding communities and the general public to experience a part of their own accustomed culture right here in the ‘D.’
As Detroit continues to make its comeback, more grocers and food markets are finding their way to the city. With the Eastern Market being the “heart of the city” and drawing in thousands to Detroit, it doesn’t satisfy the city and population’s complete needs when it comes to food and grocery shopping. Residents of Detroit often lack the easily accessible and readily available grocery and shopping options that locals of surrounding cities have the privilege of enjoying. Nevertheless, locals and residents of Detroit are already working on changing this in addition to organizations partaking in the opportunity. Detroit Green Grocer Project Facade Improvement Program is striving to simplify and improve the business life for independent grocers of Detroit.
According to Detroit News, 65 of Detroit’s 77 full-service grocery stores are independently owned; Detroit’s expanding its food community. A collaborative community effort is visibly noted simply by learning about philanthropic organizations and the involvement they have with community stores and business owners. Many of the local independent grocery stores have remained open for years; however, they’re still on the pursuit of ‘what’s next.’ Nevertheless, it seems as if even those who aren’t residing in Detroit are just as passionate to continue to improve upon Detroit and make it sizzle with success.
Rebuilding Detroit, one piece at a time…
You wouldn’t think it looking at it, but MoTown’s GM Renaissance Center is built out of 50,172 pieces, weighs 271 pounds, and only took 296 hours to construct! Okay, so maybe we weren’t referring to the RenCen you’re aware of, but the LEGO replica of Detroit’s major landmark is constructed with actual LEGO pieces, and the Renaissance Center – in question – is actually a slightly smaller version than the real deal, but the Lego display of GM’s Ren Cen was still impressive stretching its full 6-foot-tall height.
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, a Lego display of the Motor City’s Renaissance Center contributed to the building excitement surrounding the upcoming opening of the Legoland Discovery Center Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in the spring of 2016. In addition to a replica of the Ren Cen, the Spirit of Detroit, Fox Theatre, Uniroyal Tire and Heidelberg Project will be made into Lego models in time for the grand opening along with several other famous Metro Detroit landmarks.
The Legoland Discovery Center Michigan will stretch a total of 32,000 square feet within the Great Lakes Crossing Outlet Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It will be encompassing cleverly-themed exhibits with highly anticipated attractions such as a 4-D cinema, interactive rides, millions of Lego bricks, and large soft play areas.
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Your time to shine is fast approaching, Detroiters! Metro Motown professionals are gathering at Punch Bowl Social in Downtown Detroit on January 7th to eat, greet, and complete a common millenial’s New Year’s resolution—starting 2016 off with new connections, better job opportunities, and a fresh professional image. The First Annual “New Year, New Career” as presented by Suits & Recruits, is hosted by the official Detroit Think Tank, Think 313. Think 313 is dedicated to the reemergence of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan, as well as another source of connecting industry leading recruiting firm, JMJ Phillip Executive Search, and expert resume writing company, Employment BOOST; both brands locally headquartered in Metro Detroit. Whether you are looking to establish yourself as an aspiring professional or you are simply looking for a business night out on the town, this event is not one you are going to want to miss!
Aside from the drinks, appetizers, and games provided to help you break the ice with local business connections, JMJ Phillip Holdings’ “New Year, New Career” kick-off event will feature exclusive career product offers, including career consulting, career services, and career networking available through Employment BOOST and their executive team of Certified Professional Resume Writers. Additionally there will be a wide spectrum of industry leaders, young professionals, and exciting brands available to make connections with, build your network, and enhance your own professional brand.
There’s no cost to attend so be sure to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity now! You can RSVP HERE, e-mail Contact@Think313.org. You must be 21+. When you RSVP via one of these methods, a confirmation email will be sent to you validating your name on the final guest list.
Space is limited for this exclusive career boosting event, so RSVP today and make 2016 the year that you recruit your dream!