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Article by Jeanne Lesinski

For months Bay Citians had been watching as the bricks were laid and cement poured at 200 Center Street at Washington. What looked like it would be separate retail spaces finally showed its true colors as the sign reading World Café International Bistro was hoisted and attached to the corner of the storefront.

Opening just in time for the holidays, World Café offers a variety of cuisines from around the world: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian, American. These dishes range from tapas, small plates perfect for lunch, to soups, entrée salads, full dinners and Sunday brunch. 

Owner Diana Hadad likes the challenges that being a business owner provides. In the past, she has worked at restaurants, catered, and owned a restaurant. She says proudly, "These are my own recipes, dishes that I like to make at home." 

In addition to soups by the cup or bowl, including vegetarian soup, the bistro offers World Bowls—hearty pasta or rice based dishes, like Thai Peanut Noodles and Mediterranean Penne. Sandwiches range from the traditional American burger to Lamb Burger to Chicken Shawarma and the Croque Monsieur. Dinners include the Kabob Platter, Curry Chicken, Beef Burguignon, as well as several seafood dishes.

Along with an ample selection of wines and cocktails, World Café offers two specialty brews from Bay City's own Tri-City Brewing Company: Hell's Half Mile, a Munich Helles style lager, and Charity Island India Pale Ale,  a brew with an assertive hoppy characteristic.

During the winter months, World Café can provide a warm and flavorful dining experience. In the summer, the good times will spill out onto the ample sidewalk café area to greet visitors to the city's many festivals and attractions.

Business hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11-3pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 5-10pm; Sunday 11-3pm.  For more information, call 989.402.1110.

© Jeanne Lesinski, 2010