Mainstreet Ventures Inc. (MSV) owns and operates 16 distinctive eateries in 5 states. Founded in 1981, Dennis Serras, Dieter Boehm (now retired) and Michael C. Gibbons joined in a common purpose of developing distinctive upscale fine dining restaurants that stand out in each community for their landmark locations, memorable facilities and exceptional dining experiences. Executive Chef Simon Pesusich joined the group in 1982, later became a partner and co-authored the MSV Distinctive Eateries cookbook. Since inception, the MSV core mission remains the same; to consistently exceed guest expectations by providing memorable dining experiences in creative and distinctive restaurants. MSV also seeks to enhance the communities in which each restaurant operates, and cumulatively provides over $50,000 in scholarships to employees annually and contributes over $500,000 per year to various local community charities.
Each MSV restaurant is unique from the décor to the menus. MSV fine dining concepts include seafood, steak, Italian and American. The MSV standard of excellence exemplified at each restaurant is to deliver quality, consistency and enjoyment of each guest’s experience. Each location prepares food from all scratch kitchens and each head chef offers creative features with a focus on seasonal, local produce. To further enhance the guests dining experience, MSV integrated Imenutech’s Menuvative tablet menus into its restaurants which allows for wine pairings, digital imagery of plate presentations and detailed menu descriptions. MSV was nominated for the National Restaurant Associations’ Operators Innovator Award (2012) in recognition of continued advancement in technology for use of Menuvative.
The Mainstreet Ventures restaurants are: Real Seafood Company (Ann Arbor, Mich., Toledo, Ohio, & Naples, Fla.), The Chop House (Ann Arbor, Mich., Grand Rapids, Mich., Annapolis, Md. & Charleston, W. Va.), Gratzi (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Carson’s American Bistro (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Palio (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Zia’s (Toledo, Ohio), Ciao! (Sylvania, Ohio), EO Burgers (Beavercreek, Ohio), Revolution Grille (Toledo, Ohio), Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and Tidewater Grill (Charleston, W. Va.).