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Dave Dittenber, OEO of DRI


March 8, 2021

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Downtown Restaurant Investments Announces Dave Dittenber Named to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Board


Midland/Bay City, MICH – Downtown Restaurant Investments (DRI) is pleased to announce that Dave Dittenber, OEO of DRI,  has been named to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Board of Directors.

“ I am proud of the work I have done and continue to do with the MRLA and pleased to be named to the NRAEF Board so I may continue to serve the restaurant industry on a national scale,” said Dittenber.  “I believe that restaurant technology and it’s adaptation is key to the recovery of the restaurant industry and increasing consumer confidence.  I am honored to named to the NRAEF Board and look forward to making a positive impact by giving back to the industry I have loved  since the age of 11.”  

“Dave has been an instrumental part of our Board of Directors and leader for Michigan’s hospitality industry for many years, so taking that dedication and knowledge onto a national level is the natural next step,” said Justin Winslow, President & CEO of the MRLA. “Michigan is honored to have Dave represent the industry on the NRAEF Board of Directors.”

Downtown Restaurant Investments currently owns and operates Old City Hall and Tavern 101 with M2 opening soon in Bay City, Michigan as well as Molasses Smokehouse in Midland.  Pizza Sam’s and Whine are under management contract in Midland, Michigan.


About Downtown Restaurant Investments

In the face of an ever-increasing suburban sprawl, DRI is working to help U.S. downtowns make a comeback. While many cities once had vibrant, walkable neighborhoods, too many of these communities have degraded overtime and now offer their residents almost nothing in terms of unique dining experiences. This points to an increasing demand for downtown living in cities nationwide and an overall need for uniquely driven restaurants. Downtown Restaurant Investments functions to bring energy, diversity, and personality back to the heart of downtown in the form of fine dining. We are passionate about blending unique ingredients and unrivaled flavors to create perfect experiences of comfort and satisfaction. Our restaurants are character driven, and they are empowering metropolitan areas to become the escapes that are sought by locals and visitors alike.  For more information about DRI, visit


About the National Association Restaurant Educational Foundation

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community-based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” and justice-involved individuals with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit

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