In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Feb. 22-26)

Dlectricity returns this fall, Lady of the House and Linda Dresner permanently close, venomous spiders are found at U-M, and racial disparities rise among those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine
The outdoor art and light festival known as Dlectricity returns to the city this fall. // Photograph courtesy of Midtown Detroit, Inc.

Dlectricity is returning to Detroit this fall.

The two-day festival of nighttime light and outdoor art in Detroit’s Cultural Center District and Beacon Park will take place Sept. 24-25.

An Argentinian chef is opening a new restaurant in the former Magnet location.

Javier Bardauil will debut Barda this spring. The eatery will serve wood-fired vegetable, seafood, and meat dishes along with Argentine wines.

Local retail legend Linda Dresner is closing her Birmingham boutique.

The industry icon is closing her high-fashion shop on March 1 after a 28-year run. The store is holding an 80 percent off sale.

Detroit’s crowdfunded RoboCop statue is complete.

The crowdfunding campaign launched in 2011 and garnered more than 2,700 backers and $65,000 in six weeks. A decade later, the statue is awaiting a new home.

In-person learning will soon be offered across the state. 

During a press conference today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said 97 percent of Michigan schools will provide in-person education by March 1.

Only 3.7 percent of the 1.3 million Michiganders who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are Black. // Photo: Istock

Racial disparities rise among those who’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Of the 1.3 million Michiganders who have at least had the first dose, 3.7 percent are Black while 41.7 percent are white. Health officials, however, say the statistics are incomplete.

Jennifer Granholm is confirmed as the U.S. energy secretary.

The former Michigan governor will be a key Cabinet member in trying to fulfill President Biden’s commitment for a green economy.

Venomous spiders were discovered at a University of Michigan library.

Three Mediterranean recluse spiders were found at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. The building was closed for two days to rid the space of the spiders.

A conveyor belt sushi spot is opening this weekend.

Kura Sushi, a new sushi train restaurant in Troy, is the first of its kind in the state. A conveyor belt will carry sushi plates for customers to grab as they please.

Lady of the House restaurant is permanently closed.

Chef-owner Kate Williams is closing her critically acclaimed Irish eatery after four years in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.

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