Upscale Detroit restaurant offers 50% discount for vaccinated diners


Oak & Reel – a new Italian seafood restaurant that opened last year in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood of Detroit – is offering a huge discount to any diner with proof of vaccination.

“We are very grateful for the work our frontline workers have done over the past year and would like to thank them for their efforts,” the restaurant said in a statement on Tuesday. “This also celebrates those who could not leave their homes and can now dine with us.”

The promotion was announced that afternoon. Mayor Mike Duggan opened vaccinations for restaurant workers who live or work in Detroit, as well as grocery store workers and others.

The restaurants in Michigan reopened for indoor service on Monday with a capacity of 25%. The low capacity has resulted in some restaurants offering optimized menus.

At Oak & Reel, you can order from the chef’s five-course menu, which is $ 85 per person. Wine pairings can be added for an additional $ 40. The menu is fixed but can be changed for vegetarians, pescatarians or pork-free diets. The multi-course menu is the only one offered in the restaurant until capacity can be expanded.

Oak & Reel opened in a renovated building on E. Grand Blvd.  in Milwaukee Junction in September.

Guests who present proof of vaccination receive the tasting menu at half price.

The chef behind the tasting menu is owner Jared Gabaw, a Michigan State University alum who has cooked in the kitchens of James Beard Award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City for the past few years. He returned to Michigan in 2019 to start this project in his hometown.

Named one of the Best New Restaurants of 2020 by the Detroit News restaurant reviewer, Oak & Reel takes reservations for seating from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Oak & Reel, 2921 E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit, can be reached at (313) 270-9600. Visit to book and view the February tasting menu.

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