Video: Pandemic Speeds 'Inevitable' Thinning of Crowded Detroit Restaurant Scene

May 19, 2020, 10:28 PM

Grace Keros (Photo: Deadline Detroit)

Grace Keros, owner of American Coney Island, one of the city's inconic eating spots, says the downtown Detroit restaurant scene has been oversaturated with restaurants in recent years.

She thinks the pandemic is only speeding up what was inevitable: The closing of some establishments because of the overcrowded field. Industry experts predict at least one in five Michigan restaurants will close because of the pandemic, and it could end up being as high as one in three. 

She says American Coney Island will be fine. 

Keros joined Deadline Detroit on Zoom from her restaurant on Lafayette Boulevard downtown to talk about the coney shop's recent reopening and the industry's future in the city.


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