'Wait For A Better Day'


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A car company rented Ali Alhalmi's restaurant during the last auto show.

While I was in Detroit this week, I had to stop at my favorite restaurant — the Lafayette Coney Island. The Detroit landmark is a downtown greasy spoon famous for its Coney dogs — smothered in chili, mustard and onions — best accompanied by a can of Labatt's.

Full disclosure: I like the place so damn much my wife and I had our post-wedding photos taken here after our wedding in Detroit. But back to the economy . . .

During the recent auto show in Detroit, much was made of the cutbacks companies in attendance were making. Coincidence or not, Lafayette was asked by an automobile consulting company to shut down for five hours, and host a private party.

Manager Ali Alhalmi suspects the company was looking for a bargain in these rough economic times — though he stresses his guests made no mention of that.

Suffice to say, Lafayette is not a place you'd expect to find dozens of suits, chowing down on hot dogs and chili fries. (But who am I to talk? I've been there in my wedding tux.)


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