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Discovering a piece of Greece in Detroit

Wayne Dover

DETROIT, MI – Stop by Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine streets in Detroit and you will find the Greektown Historic District, or simply known as the Greektown.

Donned by Greek-themed decorations and restaurants, the district was registered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. But the district didn't start all Greek back then. In fact, it was a German settlement until the early 1900s.

Although many of the Greek residents moved out of the area in the 1920s, their businesses, restaurants, and stores remained and thrived. Bounded by Gratiot, Randolph, Lafayette, and I-375, Greektown is now one of the last surviving Victorian-era commercial streetscapes in downtown Detroit.

There are endless things to do in Greektown, especially when it comes to entertainment. Hop off the Ouzo Cruizo and the Opa Bus to Greektown Casino to try your luck with slots, poker, and table games. You can also stay at its 30-story hotel, offering views of the Detroit River and Canada.

Take some photos in front of the Atheneum Suite Hotel & Conference Center with its marble atrium and murals of Greek mythological figures. Similar wonders can also be found in the district's beautiful churches, such as Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Second Baptist Church, and Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Enjoy authentic Greek cuisines at reasonable prices at Pegasus Taverna or Golden Fleece that serve their dishes in generous portions like your own Yiayia. Fall in love with saganaki, lamb chops, spinach pie, lemon rice soup, and gyros while you enjoy the district-wide happy hour every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at participating locations.

The district recently added Greektown Restaurant Week to its arrays of festivals, first launched on April 5 - 11, 2021.

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