A popular downtown Milford restaurant announced Friday it won’t be reopening after it closed about two months ago when the coronavirus pandemic led to a statewide shutdown in Michigan.
“It is with a heavy heart that announce that we will not be reopening Blue Grill,” the May 22 Facebook post begins.
The restaurant opened eight years ago, a dream for owners Dimitri and Marianne Mansour. The Mediterranean-style fast-casual restaurant featured homemade marinades and sauces, Mansour family recipes. Those were a popular draw, and the restaurant expanded by offering bottled products through Blue Grill Foods.
“The global pandemic has decimated the restaurant industry and has left an indelible mark upon it In many ways the restaurant business will never be the same as it was before March, 2020,” the Facebook post states. “We did not know when we shut down as part of the shelter in place order that the doors of Blue Grill would never open again. Each day with expenses piling up and no revenue to meet these demands, we felt it. Hoping and strategizing to come up with ways that may allow us to rebuild and thrive, we just don’t see a way.”
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The family does plan to continue its online presence, according to the post. It says after the family takes a COVID break, Blue Grill Foods will continue bottling dressings, marinade and garlic.
“A large part of what set us apart is our customers. Blue Grill didn’t have a single demographic. There was always such a diverse customer base. … They all recognized the heart and soul that went into making healthy delicious food and how truly unique Blue Grill was,” the post states.
Among its last acts was one of community, something the Mansours attempted to accomplish throughout their time in Milford.
In mid-March when restaurants were first ordered closed, Blue Grill packaged up dozens of meals to ship over to workers at the Milford Kroger store as a thank you to those still working while most people were ordered to stay home.
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