A juxtaposition: New neighboring Rosedale Park restaurants offer global street food, healthy juice options

A juxtaposition: New neighboring Rosedale Park restaurants offer global street food, healthy juice options
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Street food like hotdogs, lamb sliders, and fried cod sandwiches may sound good, but being serving them in concert with healthy juice bar seems odd.

These two restaurants, Street Cuisine and Ocean’s Fresh Juice Bar, which opened next to each other on the same day, are owned by Ari Shah. The two restaurants are located in Rosedale Park at 19803 W. McNichols Rd. (Street Cuisine) and 19805 W. McNichols Rd. (Ocean Fresh Juice Bar).

Ari Shah cuts the ribbon for his new restaurants.

Shah he is a man who believes in balance.

The reason for the food is pretty obvious.

The Rosedale Park native traveled the world for work. Everywhere he went he ended up eating the local street food. He fell in love with it and wanted more people to appreciate what he experienced.

“I love everything about street food,” says Shah. “It’s typically the most authentic cuisine of a particular culture or region you can get and I wanted to share that culinary experience with my hometown.”

He experience to his hometown and his neighborhood so they would have a culinary trip around the world without leaving Motown.

The menu includes easy-to-hold lamb chops, as well as street Polish sausages, street tacos, street sliders, fried shrimp, Chicago-style hot dog, Detroit-style Coney dog, and traditional and boneless wings with mouth-watering flavors like buffalo, Cajun, teriyaki, Louisiana rub and more. Street Cuisine also offers breakfast options, like sandwiches, French toast, and pancakes.

Street Cuisine’s menu includes easy-to-hold lamb chops, as well as street Polish sausages, street tacos, street sliders, fried shrimp, Chicago-style hot dog, Detroit-style Coney dog and more.

All of this is made with the freshest ingredients Shaw can find. However, the biggest thing he did for the menu was create a version of a cod sandwich. It mimics the experience of Europe’s most well-known street food – fish and chips.

Some may wonder, why have a juice bar next door, especially since it is specifically intended to be on the healthier side.   After all, fish and chips, Coney’s and lamb sliders don’t exactly get the okay from Weight Watchers.

That is where Shah’s belief in balance comes into play. For all his love of street food, he keeps his body healthy. Specifically, he cites a desire to live longer and hopefully enjoy more street food (among other parts of life).

Along with juice, Ocean’s Fresh has an oxygen bar, where patron can enjoy 30- or 60-minute sessions with different aromas, each of which have a different effect.

These effects include stimulating creativity, easing nausea, lowering blood pressure, and even easing asthma problems. All depending on the flavor which include:

  • Lamongrass
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Vanilla
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender

All of these are all natural, and made with natural oils – an element Shah picked up in his travels.

This is an example of one of Shah’s goals – to bring the types of experiences and food options found almost exclusively in the suburbs to parts of the city that don’t have direct access.

TechTown Detroit’s SWOT City, a customized support program for brick-and-mortar small businesses in Detroit neighborhoods, has helped Shah with marketing resources and the grand opening of Street Cuisine and Ocean’s Fresh Juice Bar.

“I appreciate the support I have received from TechTown Detroit. Its SWOT City program has made this process much easier for me,” saysd Shah. “It is an honor to see my vision become a reality and to serve this great city.”

Street Cuisine is open 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Ocean’s Fresh Juice Bar’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

Editor’s Note: For more information, visit www.streetcuisinedetroit.com and www.oceansfreshjuicebar.com.

This small business feature is sponsored by Bank of America. 

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