We're thrilled to announce the winner of the 2018 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Bedrock is ... Toma Detroit! Read more about their plans to open up a tequila and mezcal tasting room in Corktown.
We're thrilled to introduce the 4 Finalists in the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Bedrock: Neighborhood Grocery is bringing fresh food back to the neighborhoods with small footprint, full line grocery stores in Detroit, targeting underserved neighborhoods that lack access to fresh foods. Paradise Natural Foods is a vegan deli that works to create a community of wellness while bringing people from all walks of life together in their journey toward healthier eating. Slyde’s mantra is simple, gourmet, local. The neighborhood eatery will specialize in seasonal sliders, salads, soups and po’ boys. Toma Detroit will serve fresh, locally sourced simple yet sophisticated cocktails and foods from Latin America. Their tasting room will focus on Tequila and Mezcal and will educate guests about regional distillation methods and styles of Agave.
Ten local businesses will vie for a $50,000 grant this month with the return of the Comerica Hatch Detroit contest. Presented by Bedrock, the annual competition chooses 10 semifinalists that are working toward opening brick-and-mortar businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park. Votes from the public will narrow the 10 down to four finalists, who will be announced Aug. 17. The final four present a pitch to judges on Aug. 30 and a winner will be granted not only the $50,000, but access to around $200,000 worth of professional services and support. Read the rest of the article on the Detroit News.
Article via Tom Perkins of Metrotimes. Photo credit: Noah Elliott Morrison The story of Nadia Nijimbere and Mamba Hamissi is an especially important one in the United States in 2018. They fled their war-torn home of Burundi in recent years, landed here with next to nothing, sought political asylum, and later this year are opening a highly anticipated restaurant on Woodward in New Center. They are the embodiment of the American Dream, and yet they are the type of people our president likes to villainize. But their story is one of many that proves his narrative wrong. Nijimbre and Hamissi's new lives started in 2013 when Nijimbere — then working as a human rights activist in the increasingly violent East African nation — fled to the U.S. to seek asylum as a hostile government started targeting her. When she arrived in Detroit, she was taken in by Freedom House, a home…
Via Tom Perkins with Metrotimes In 2013, as political violence in Burundi grew, the Tutsi minority suffered persecution under the Hutu-led government, and hundreds of thousands of Burundians fled the country. Many landed in neighboring East African nations, but Nadia Nijimbere looked to Detroit. Her sister-in-law previously fled violence and civil war in Burundi in 2009, and received shelter and support from the Detroit Freedom House in Southwest. The temporary home for victims of political violence who are seeking asylum appeared to be the best of her limited options, so Nijimbere left for Detroit in 2013. Upon arriving at Freedom House, she learned she was pregnant with twins. Read the rest of their story on the Metrotimes