Greektown to Turn Monroe Street into Walkable Plaza on Weekends


A portion of Monroe Street in downtown Detroit’s Greektown will shut down every weekend through Labor Day, transforming the area into a pedestrian-friendly plaza with live entertainment and outdoor dining.

“‘Greektown at Sundown’ will highlight all the great things Greektown has to offer, both new and historic,” says Athina Papas, co-owner of the restaurant Santorini Estiatorio and treasurer of the Greektown Preservation Society, the organization hosting the event.  “People of all ages are invited to stroll down Monroe and explore the distinct collection of restaurants, nightclubs, bakeries, markets, and shops that make up the street.”

Papas says Monroe Street will close to vehicle traffic between Beaubien and St. Antoine Streets every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. Santorini, Pappy’s Grill, Golden Fleece, Krema, Plaka, Astoria Bakery, Pizza Papalis, and Red Smoke Barbeque will all offer street side patio seating.

Papas says Greektown will also have window displays by IKEA, dPOP!, a Detroit-based design firm, and Detroit’s Hellenic (Greek) Museum. Photographer Eric Perry will hold an exhibit, Forward, in a pop-up gallery featuring images of Detroit’s Slow Roll bike ride. IKEA provided furniture and umbrellas for outdoor restaurant seating and Detroit-based Shinola added bike racks.

This weekend’s festivities include strolling Cirque performers, acoustic music sets, and stencil demos, among other performances.

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