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Downtown Ferndale Al Fresco – Waiting for Good Weather

Downtown Ferndale Al Fresco – Waiting for Good Weather Just 4 Us

(Ferndale DDA,4/20/2011)


Outdoor dining returns to Downtown Ferndale this week, weather permitting of course. April 15 is the official day restaurants and bars were allowed to extend their space onto the sidewalks, back alleys and intimate courtyards. Downtown Ferndale Al Fresco will be especially celebrated on Third Thursday, April 21, when many of the district’s bars and restaurants will launch the summer season with menu specials.

Approximately 25 different locations will be open (or getting ready to) for customers who want to enjoy a beverage, a bite to eat and a conversation while taking in the best of Michigan’s ever-changing weather.

“We can’t wait to set up the café,” said Michael Hennes of Howe’s Bayou on Woodward. “It marks the official start of the spring and summer season.”

Plus, there is a psychological upside to al fresco dining, says Dean Bach of Dino’s Restaurant & Lounge, “Being outside, with the rumbling sound of the Woodward cruisers, a soft summer breeze while sipping a frosty beverage, it melts away the anguish of a torturous Michigan winter.”

Visitors to Downtown Ferndale will discover plenty of places to melt away their blues. See the list below for most or visit for new additions, as they occur.

 AJ’s Music Café, 240 W. Nine Mile

 Anita’s Kitchen, 22651 Woodward

 Assaggi Mediterranean Bistro, W. Nine Mile Rd.

 Buffalo Wild Wings, 280 W. Nine Mile Rd.

 Club Bart, 22726 Woodward

 Como’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, 22812 Woodward

 Dairy Queen, 941 W. Nine Mile

 Dino’s Restaurant & Lounge, 22740 Woodward

 Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins, 22451 Woodward

 Grasshopper Underground, 22757 Woodward

 Howe’s Bayou, 22848 Woodward

 Inyo Restaurant & Lounge, 22871 Woodward

 Java Hutt, 165 W. Nine Mile

 Just 4 Us, 211 W. Nine Mile

 Maria’s Front Room, 215 W. Nine Mile Rd.

 Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 W. Nine Mile Rd.

 Sakana Sushi Lounge, 22914 Woodward

 Sneakers Pub, 22628 Woodward

 Soho Lounge, 205 W. Nine Mile Rd.

 The Bosco/soon to be Sugar Dessert Lounge, 22930 Woodward

 The Emory, 22700 Woodward

 Tony’s Sport Bar, 23500 Woodward

 Torino Espresso Bar (when it opens), 201 E. Nine Mile

 Treat Dreams, 22965 Woodward

 Via Nove, 344 W. Nine Mile

 Woodward Avenue Brewers, 22646 Woodward


The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority manages and markets Downtown Ferndale, a business district of approximately 350 businesses located over 3.9 linear miles, intersecting at the iconic Woodward Avenue & Nine Mile Rd. For more information on Downtown Ferndale, please call the DDA at 248-546-1632, visit or Downtown Ferndale on Facebook.

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