Sunshine’s Motor City Cafe will pay homage to a Detroit tradition – the Woodward Dream Cruise – Saturday with their own Arizona version of the world’s largest one-day automotive event.
The Dream Cruise began in 1995 as a fundraiser for a soccer field in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale. The idea was to recreate the nostalgia of the 1950s and ’60s, when cars famously cruised Woodward Avenue from drive-in to drive-in.
Today, the annual August event draws 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars from around the world.
Michigan natives Al and Michelle Taylor are hosting a parking-lot version of the Dream Cruise from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Detroit-themed cafe they opened in January in Tempe. (The couple also own Tempe lakeside restaurant Pier 54 and Special Moments Catering.)
The Taylors are inviting owners of American cars from 1969 or older to bring their vehicle to the parking lot. Participants will receive two coney dogs (pictured), a bottled Faygo and a bag of Bettermade Potato Chips. Call Michelle at 480-730-1114 to reserve a spot.
For those without classic cars who just want to join the fun, the cafe’s regular menu of Michigan faves will be available. Every purchase includes a drawing ticket for Woodward Dream Cruise posters, Faygo soda, gift certificates to the cafe and more.
It’ll mark the first time the lunch-only cafe will open on a Saturday. The Woodward Dream Cruise also takes place this Saturday.