How Often Do You Eat Out, Rochester?
With all of the restaurant comings and goings around town, the answer is likely "often."
There is no lack of restaurant happenings in Rochester and Rochester Hills.
Consider the past six months:
- Bar Louie opened at the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads. Qdoba and Chipotle opened second locations in Rochester Hills. Flat Top Grill opened at The Village of Rochester Hills.
- Bonjour Cupcake opened, then closed downtown. In the meantime, Rockin Cupcakes has expanded, selling their cupcakes at a new Macomb bakery.
- Fortesa, the upscale restaurant overlooking the Paint Creek downtown, closed sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve. A handmade sign on the front door reads "Sorry We Are Closed."
- Tower Pizza has expanded and transformed. Now known as Tower Bistro, it features a revamped, bistro-style menu.
- Hibachi House opened last week downtown. It's a Japanese-style steakhouse brought to you by the operators of Sumo Sushi; Patch dined there over the weekend and will have a full report later this week.
According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurant owners are optimistic about sales growth in 2012; the majority of restaurant owners surveyed nationwide expect to have higher sales in six months, and 47 percent planned to spend money on equipment, expansions or remodeling in the next six months.
A year ago this week, we launched a contest to discover our readers' favorite restaurant (Kruse & Muer was the winner). This week, we're wondering: with all of the optimism in the restaurant industry, and with all of the local restaurant changes, how often do you eat out, Rochester?