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Contacts: Athina Papas

Greektown Preservation Society

(313) 300-0393

Merrill Cain

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

(704) 677-9200

Samantha Chyette

JACK Entertainment LLC

(313) 309-7421



Greektown welcomes the Grand Prix to this year’s celebration


MAY 31, 2016 (DETROIT, MI) – Start your engines… and your summer! The Greektown Preservation Society welcomes the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix to help launch an exciting weekend and a summer of Detroit-style fun. On Thursday, June 2, the second annual Greektown at Sundown and the 2016 Grand Prix will both wave the green flag in the city’s historic Greektown entertainment district.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m., Monroe Street between Beaubien and St. Antoine streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and transform into a walkable plaza for visitors and racing fans. Participants will be able to enjoy an array of activities, including strolling performers, live entertainment and Grand Prix-related interactive fun featuring elements of the Continental Tire Fan Zone, the Grand Prix IndyCar, a Trans Am Series race car and appearances by some of the top race car drivers in the world, who will be competing that weekend on Belle Isle.

“We are excited to celebrate the return of Greektown’s summer weekend event series and the return of racing to Detroit,” said Tasso Teftsis, president of the Greektown Preservation Society and co-owner of Astoria Pastry Shop, Redsmoke Barbeque and Krema. “We would like to thank Greektown Casino-Hotel for their continued support of Greektown at Sundown, helping us to bring increased visitors and revenue to Detroit and to Greektown.”

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. racing fans will have the chance to meet and mingle with drivers competing in each of the four series taking place during the Grand Prix weekend. The following drivers will be available to take photos and sign autographs:

  • Verizon IndyCar Series: Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power (all four Team Penske drivers), Sebastien Bourdais and Max Chilton
  • IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Tom Long and Tristan Nunez, Mazda Motorsports
  • Trans Am Series: Gar Robinson, Robinson Racing (2015 TA2 class champion)
  • SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks presented by TRAXXAS: Arie Luyendyk Jr., driver of the Quicken Loans Truck

Several restaurants along Monroe Street also will be offering happy hour menus featuring $3 drinks and $5 appetizers. These specials will continue every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. throughout the summer.


“We look forward to starting not only the Grand Prix race weekend but also the Greektown summer weekend series next Thursday at the Greektown at Sundown celebration,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “This event will get everyone revved up for summer and the Grand Prix with some great vehicles and racing displays and we want fans to come down and meet some of the world’s top drivers while enjoying all that Greektown has to offer.”


Greektown at Sundown

Greektown at Sundown draws thousands of pedestrians to the streets of the iconic district every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening when Monroe Street closes to vehicle traffic and transforms into a walkable plaza between Beaubien and St. Antoine streets. During the weekend event series, from 6 to 10 p.m., Monroe will be activated with street performers, entertainment, live music, interactive art, head-turning window displays and more.



Visitors also will enjoy alfresco dining at the following locations:  Astoria Pastry Shop, Cold Stone Creamery, Golden Fleece, Krema, Pappy’s Bar & Grill, PizzaPapalis, Plaka, Redsmoke Barbeque, Santorini Estiatorio and Sharky’s on Monroe. Wahlburger’s also has plans to offer outdoor seating when it opens this summer. Patio seating will continue into the fall (weather permitting).

Greektown at Sundown is a collaborative effort led by the member businesses of the Greektown Preservation Society. The weekend event series also is sponsored by Brown-Forman, Budweiser, Sysco, EcoLab, E & J Gallo Winery, Gold Star Products, Ikea, Metro Sanitation, Pepsi and US Foods.  For more information about the event series, please visit,


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About Greektown Preservation Society

Established by Greek immigrants in the 1880s, historic Greektown continues to beat as the heart of downtown Detroit as a thriving entertainment center.  The mission of the Greektown Preservation Society is to promote and preserve the Victorian era commercial streetscape of the restaurants and shops.

About Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for June 3-5, 2016, the event will include the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by Traxxas and the return of the Trans Am cars in the Motor City 100. For more information, visit and follow our social media pages at and

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