Before the pandemic hit Detroit, the city’s streets were filled with workers and suburban commuters patronizing the local retailers and restaurants. Nearly three years later, that scene is mostly gone according to three downtown Detroit business owners and entrepreneuers, who say foot traffic during the weekdays has slowed and the city’s residential density isn’t large enough to help that return.  

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Taking a look at the future of work for Detroit’s hospitality businesses, One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota and Daily Detroit podcast host Jer Staes visits three downtown Detroit business owners and entrepreneurs to talk about the post-pandemic challenges they face and what they see as possible solutions.  

Dennis Archer, Jr. and Jer Staes

Dennis Archer, Jr., a managing partner at Central Kitchen + Bar on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit, talks with Daily Detroit podcast host Jer Staes at the restaurant. | Photo by One Detroit

Staes talks with Dennis Archer, Jr., a managing partner at Central Kitchen, along with Coffee Down Under owner Tarun Kajeepeta and Throwbacks Home Owner Bo Shepherd, about how the city can work to have residents return to downtown and what changes they’re hoping to see for the future of downtown Detroit. 

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