Greektown is one of Detroit’s tastiest and most colorful districts. It’s a hot destination for gambling at Greektown Casino Hotel, eating authentic Greek food at one of the many restaurants, or having a night out with friends at one of the many local bars. For the rest of the summer weekends, you can feel what it might be like to walk down a busy street in Athens. I say “might” because I have no idea what it’s like to walk down a busy street in Athens and could be entirely wrong about everything.

From 5 p.m. until the party ends at 2 a.m., Monroe Street will be shut down to cars between Beaubien and St. Antoine. Pedestrians can walk and eat in the open air enjoying food from eight of the participating restaurants – including Pizza Papalis, Santorini Estiatorio, Krema, and Astoria Bakery – all while being serenaded by live music. Visitors will also be able to take in live street performances and interactive art installations.

Greektown Preservation Society member Athina Papas tells WWJ’s Ron Dewey:

“It is something that the members of the Greek\town Preservation Society have wanted to do for years, for a long time in regards to outdoor seating, patios, and activating the street.”

Another one of the more noteworthy draws for this weekly event will be a pop-up gallery at 567 Monroe St. There, award-winning photographer Eric Perry will be showing his “Forward” exhibit and will feature images from the “Slow Roll” bike ride. Perry will be available to take portraits of visitors. The exhibit will be open every Friday from noon to 8 p.m.

Monroe Street will be closed every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 p.m. till 2 a.m. until Labor Day.


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