CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: La Feria owner credits Hatch Detroit win for success


This article was originally published by Crain’s Detroit Business.

By Mark S. Lee

With Sister Pie recently winning the 2014 Hatch Detroit contest, I wanted to check in with a past winner to see how its business is doing since it won the contest.

I recently interviewed Elias Khalil, owner and operator of the 2012 Hatch Detroit winner, Detroit-based La Feria Spanish Tapas, about the business and what’s happened since it won the contest two years ago. Other business partners include Pilar Baron-Hidalgo and Naomi Khalil. The restaurant has been open since October 31, 2013.

La Feria, which is located at 4130 Cass Ave., said it is Michigan’s only authentic Spanish tapas restaurant, serving traditional Spanish tapas paired with a full bar and an exclusive Spanish wine selection. The restaurant was founded on the basis of providing authentic Spanish cuisine in the region. The food served consists of all family recipes, which distinguishes it from any other place in the state.

And it’s the only restaurant run by a Spaniard in the Detroit region and the state of Michigan.

Read the rest of the Crain’s Detroit Business article here.