BAY CITY (WJRT) -
(06/02/14) - It's a celebration of three decades of dining on Midland Street.
"Great food, some great music, great company, 30 years of being down here, all the great names of places that have come and gone," said Greg Kimbrue, owner, VNO's.
Eats on the Streets Week is underway in Bay City, with 14 Midland Street restaurants on board.
"Everybody is offering at least a 30 percent special or better on all food and drinks, or some food and drinks. We've got Brooklyn Boys, Eudici's Pizza, we've got Duso's," Kimbrue said.
VNO's is known as the new business on the block. It opened its doors back in December.
"It's gone real well. It was a real tough winter, but now that winter is over, people are coming down. We've got our outdoor decks open, acoustic guitar music on the weekends," Kimbrue said.
VNO's chef has created a tapas style menu.
"This is our Bay City Bomb. It's one of the best burgers we have and people flock to it, lobster tacos, crab ragune dip and beef skewed tenderloins," said Matt Chartier, chef.
Kimbrue remembers when Midland Street was swarming with people every night.
"In 1984, Paulette Horne and Art Dore had one of the first pub crawls and that was the first time here that people had gotten out and enjoyed going from bar to bar and that's really what started the whole entertainment district," Kimbrue said.
Eats on the Street Week puts the focus on independent, family owned restaurants. All 14 participating restaurants fall into that category, and many have been open for decades.
"For example, the Ratskeller has been in business down the street, it's a second generation family business that's been there close to 50 years," Kimbrue said.
Midland Street's restaurant owners hope this celebration can help bring back a few familiar faces.
"If you haven't been here in a while, you've missed a lot. We've missed you," Kimbrue said.
For a list of Bay City restaurants participating in "Eats on the Street" week, click HERE.