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Flint restaurant week boosts city eateries

Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

Flint restaurants and bars are hoping to lure back customers turned off by the city’s drinking water crisis.

Many of Flint’s restaurants and bars have seen their business dip since lead was discovered in the city’s drinking water last year.  

To fight back, owners installed water filters and added promotions. 

This week is Flint Restaurant Week, a promotion involving more than 2 dozen establishments.

Sitting in Flint’s Soggy Bottom Bar, organizer Ken Laatz is focused on the future.

“Restaurant week is our version of moving forward,” says Laatz, “So far, the reaction I’ve got is great, business is up.”

Flint restaurant week wraps up this weekend.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.