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Business Dinner in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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bongo1480 Sep 24, 2008 08:56 AM

I'm looking to host a business dinner in Ann Arbor, probably around 15 - 20 people. I would prefer a private room, but it's not necessary. I recently held a dinner at Eve, so I'd like to try some place new and would prefer not to go to the Earle. Can anyone suggest another alternative? I have a call in to Pacific Rim already.

Thanks in advance.

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    Jim M Sep 24, 2008 09:42 AM

    I've often thought this was a hole in the downtown Ann Arbor scene--there aren't many places with meeting rooms or spaces that can configure for a large group. Do you know the Earle Uptown? It's different from the downtown Earle, in a hotel, and has a private room, although as I remember it 20 people would be a squeeze.

    Argiero's, which is a less upscale Italian restaurant, has a room.

    Gratzi has a sort of balcony-like area that could work, as I recall--decent Northern italian cuisine. Their corporate cousin Real Seafood is also quite large and probably has areas they could close off. At Palio down the street there's also a separate room--I think it's being used for general seating now, but I bet it could be reserved.

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      charlesbois Sep 24, 2008 10:10 AM

      How about Webers? Anyone know if they have a private room? Or any of the hotels down on State/Eisenhower area or Campus Inn downtown?

      Common Grill in Chelsea has a private room, it's in the basement though so the atmosphere is a little claustrophobic.

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        Jim M Sep 24, 2008 10:16 AM

        Campus Inn does, and their food has been decent on the two occasions when I've gone there. Sounds as though this guy is looking for top-of-the-line, though.

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          charlesbois Sep 24, 2008 10:21 AM

          Top-of-the-line hmm? in that case, would you dissuade him from Pacific Rim? I'm not sure I'd agree it's tops, but perhaps that's the type of cuisine he's looking for (i.e. pan-Asian). I think I'd not recommend Palio if he's looking for quality over private room, but that's just my personal opinion re Palio.

          To me, top-of-the-line business dinner fairly shouts West End Grill. It can get a little noisy though.

          Perhaps the OP will chime in with more specifics...

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          Summerfield Sep 24, 2008 01:24 PM

          Weber's has a fairly substantial room down stairs that probably seats about 100. Maybe it can be partitioned off into something smaller. I haven't eaten at Weber's in a long time, so I can't speak to the quality of da foods.

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          Michigan Mishuganer Oct 3, 2008 01:32 PM

          Quarter Bistro on Maple has a "private" dining room.

          http://www.thequarterbistro.com/

          I think they are opening another location where that hookah club was (on Division?)

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            edwardvielmetti Oct 4, 2008 12:44 AM

            Arborwiki has a list of venues

            http://arborwiki.org/index.php/Places_to_have_a_meeting

            which has a bunch of alternatives. One place on that list is Carson's, but it's not downtown and not the same sort of quality as Eve.

            As to the new Fifth Quarter downtown, as far as I can tell it's a nightclub and not a restaurant, and not associated with the Quarter Bistro at all

            http://arborwiki.org/city/The_Fifth_Q...

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              Michigan Mishuganer Nov 7, 2008 06:08 AM

              You are right, they both have Quarter in name only!

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