Haab's named finalist in QVC network restaurant contest
Haab's has been an Ypsilanti staple since the mid-1870s and offers a variety of dishes — including its famous Chick in the Basket dish.
Viewers of the show were asked to submit a restaurant they believe makes their hometown worthy of being called a "must-see foodie destination."
After getting wind of the contest, regular patron of Haab's and Ypsilanti resident Dwight Burdette did just that and nominated the eatery for the QVC competition.
Out of the submissions, the five finalists will be visited by the show so host David can eat a meal at the restaurants as a part of the show and to determine which of the five contenders deserve to win.
According to Haab's co-owner David Kabat, a date for the recording of this portion of the competition has not yet been set.
“It’s really exciting for us,” Kabat said. “It’s always nice to be recognized and it will be interesting to watch them announce our restaurant tonight.”
Kabat said they were informed of their nomination, as well as selection as a finalist, on Tuesday.
“I think this will be a positive thing for the restaurant,” Kabat said. “We’ve got a long standing tradition serving Ypsilanti so we’re well known here, but it will be nice to get national attention.”
If Haab's wins the competition, "In the Kitchen with David" will consider filming an episode from the restaurant, which likely would air in August.