27 Aug 14
CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: La Feria Owner Credits Hatch Detroit Win For Success

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…

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21 Aug 14
DETROIT UNSPUN: Sister Pie Is The Deserving And Delicious Winner Of The 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest

DETROIT UNSPUN: Sister Pie is the deserving and delicious winner of the 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest

This article originally appeared in Detroit Unspun By Karen Dybis Now, the real news peg: Sister Pie is the winner of the 2014 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by The Detroit Lions. According to its description, Sister Pie “aims to celebrate the seasons through pie and will use seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to create sweet and savory food, including pies, cookies, breads and breakfast pastries.” Sister Pie will receive $50,000 from Comerica Bank, which provides the grand prize. This tasty new business also will receive legal, accounting and information-technology services from a variety of Hatch Detroit sponsors. This is the fourth year the contest has put a business on the map – previous winners include Midtown’s Hugh and LaFeria as well as Batch Brewing Company. (Hugh and LaFeria are already open; Batch is opening in Corktown in fall.) Wednesday night was a monumental night for Sister Pie, but it also…

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