Greektown Comp Meal Plan Delayed
As reported by the Detroit Free Press: "Some Detroit restaurants were served another delay Tuesday in their efforts to be reinstated in Greektown Casino's $8.7-million complimentary meal program."Restaurant owners had hoped the five-member Michigan Gaming Control Board would issue them some relief after more than three months of lost business. "But the board stuck to its rules requiring the restaurants doing more than $200,000 worth of the free meal business to obtain a casino-supplier license. "A handful of Greektown restaurants were told in February and March that they no longer could accept the free meal coupons from casino patrons because they had not met gaming control board licensing rules. Since then, they have lobbied the board for relief from what they say is overzealous regulation. "…The board asked its staff Tuesday to find a way to exempt restaurants and shorten the time applicants who were denied licenses could reapply and show they were dealing with problems. "…Steve Georgiou, president of the Greektown Merchants Association and owner of Olympia Restaurant, told the board he had spent $50,000 on the investigation but was denied a license…"