Saving Hundreds of Metro Detroit Jobs
These restaurants are legendary in Metro Detroit; I have eaten many a business lunch at Prentice's nine eateries. I also have interviewed him on many occasions and found him a genuine person and truly concerned about the region's fortunes.
Prentice sold his business this month because he admits he got in over his head. The economy took over -- no one was throwing big parties or needed his catering services as much as they had in the past. Thankfully, a local CPA and attorney (Stanley Dickson Jr.) stepped up to grab the company and keep it going, maintaining some 500 or so jobs in Metro Detroit.
It's a great save -- but these are service-industry jobs. It's a great story -- but it also is depressing and feels like a bit of a PR spin has been thrown into both articles. One comment on the Crain's site calls Matt a "community activist" for his actions. I'm not so sure I'd go that far. What do you think?
The restaurants transferred from Matt Prentice Restaurant Group to Trowbridge Restaurant Group include:
• Coach Insignia
• Deli Unique West Bloomfield
• Deli Unique Bloomfield Hills
• Deli Unique Novi
• Northern Lakes Seafood Company
• No. VI Chophouse
• Plaza Deli
• Tavern on 13
• Sourdough Bread Factory