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Michael Sareini was elected to his first term on the Dearborn City Council in November 2013.


Sareini is a life long resident of Dearborn.  He is the son of the late Tom Sareini, owner of the Village Café previously located for over 25 years on Greenfield Rd at Rotunda Drive, and Suzanne Sareini, retired Dearborn City Council President Pro-Tem who served on the Council for 24 years.


Sareini and his wife Dalal have five children – Toufic, Houssain, Aliah, Suzanne and Hassan.


Sareini graduated from Fordson High School in 1990 and earned his Associate’s Degree from Henry Ford Community College in 1993. Sareini began a career in automotive sales in 1995. Sareini has won countless sales awards, and in 2011 was recognized by Ford Motor Company as Michigan’s #1 ranked volume salesman and #3 ranked salesman in the country.


Sareini was appointed as the sole representative of the state of Michigan in a national Ford Sales Advisory Panel that consisted of only 13 nationally renowned salesmen. Sareini’s recommendation resulted in a direct policy change within Ford Credit, the company’s financing arm.


In 2006, after 14 years out of the classroom, and while working full-time and raising his family, Sareini returned to school to complete his education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Sareini graduated in 2009 “With High Distinction,” earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology.


Sareini continued pursuing higher education, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been a general practicing Attorney for 8 years.


Sareini was chosen by the Michigan Attorney General as a transition team guidance member of experts comprising extremely-revered individuals from the government, legal, indigenous, and corporate sectors.  This team was formed to guide a smooth and seamless transition between administrations as the Attorney General-Elect took office, effective January 1, 2019.


Sareini has a long history of participating in Dearborn youth recreation programs, sitting on boards and coaching. Sareini is a supporter of many local charities.

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 Dearborn’s Al Ameer Restaurant wins James Beard Award

his article was originally published at the Detroit Free Press by Mark Kurlyandchik and can be found their website.

Dearborn’s Al Ameer became Michigan’s first restaurant to receive the James Beard America’s Classics Award, the prestigious culinary foundation announced this week.

Lauded as “one of the nation’s most welcoming introductions to the pleasures of Lebanese cuisine,” Al Ameer Restaurant joins the nearly 100 restaurants that have received the distinction since 1998. Each year, eateries from around the country are selected as America’s Classics for their “timeless appeal” and “food that reflects the character of their community.” Recipients must be locally owned and in business for more than 10 years.

Opened on West Warren in 1989 by Khalil Ammar and Zaki Hashem, Al Ameer was one of the first restaurants to serve Middle Eastern food in east Dearborn. The eatery has since expanded to two more locations, one in Dearborn Heights and another in Canton that opened earlier this year.

“The award obviously is a very prestigious award and we’re honored and blessed to have been recognized,” said general manager Abbas Ammar, son of co-founder Khalil Ammar.

Ammar attributed the accolade to the fact that either his father, his business partner, or another invested family member can be found in the restaurant every day.

“You can come in at any time of the day and you’ll see one of us standing there with an apron on,” he said. “We’re not absentee owners by any stretch.”

That translates to a steadiness that’s rare in an almost three-decade-old institution.

“We stay true to our roots and we stay as consistent as possible,” Ammar said. “Those are the keys to success in any restaurant.”

In a news release, the James Beard Foundation praised Al Ameer for its “unfailingly warm servers,” who can differentiate between a fattoush and Lebanese salad or offer a crash course on the sprawling 10-plate maza. The culinary foundation also singled out the restaurant’s take on sujuk sausage (“vivid with paprika and cumin”) and the shredded lamb (“rich with almonds, yogurt, and rice”).

Al Ameer will be recognized at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago on May 2. It could be joined by a few fellow Michigan chefs who have been named semi-finalists in other awards categories: James Rigato’s Mabel Gray in Hazel Park is up for Best New Restaurant; Garrett Lipar, former chef at the now-closed Torino in Ferndale and Marais in Grosse Pointe, is up for Rising Star Chef of the Year; and Nick Janutol of Forest in Birmingham and Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard in Detroit are both up for Best Chef Great Lakes.

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