The Definitive Guide to New Restaurants in Detroit -Summer 2019

Modified: July 08, 2019 | Story by Biba Adams | Photos by AKTakeaway; Detroit Shipping Co.; Catrina's Taqueria

It seems as though a new restaurant pops up in Detroit every week. Well, that’s basically correct. In the past year or so, The D has gained Italian delis, vegan coney islands, shipping container food halls, bakeries, James Beard-nominated chefs and everything in between. Here is the definitive list of all the new restaurants in Detroit, and the ones we’re keeping on our radar (fingers crossed that they open soon). Print this off and use it as your Detroit restaurant bucket list. And check back here every few months–we’ll keep this list up-to-date.

Confirmed Open

Momo Cha (Summer 2019)

474 Peterboro St., Detroit

Get your dumpling fix inside the Detroit Shipping Company at Momo Cha. One of only a few restaurants in the area serving Nepalese cuisine, the newest addition to DSC features Nepalese dumplings called momos stuffed with three different fillings, chicken, pork, or veggie. Get them pan-fried, steamed, or deep-fried each with a signature chutney. With most items priced at $12 or less, Momo Cha is a great addition to the good food, good fun vibe of the Detroit Shipping Company.

Table No. 2 (Spring 2019)

Fine American Dining
18925 Livernois, Avenue of Fashion

The historic Avenue of Fashion is quickly becoming one of the hottest spots in Detroit. With a bevy of great shopping options and cafes, fine dining hadn’t quite found its footing until now. Table No. 2 features the full white napkin experience complemented by incredible dishes like grilled oyster Rockefeller, king salmon, Lake Michigan Walleye, and even a gorgeous Tomahawk Steak. Table No. 2 is sure to become a destination restaurant in a neighborhood that is on its way back to the top.

The Monarch Club (Spring 2019)

Cocktail Bar
33 John R. St., Downtown

The view is one of The Monarch Club’s greatest features. Surrounded by the iconic skyscrapers of the city, the old-school intrigue harkens back to Detroit’s glory years when one could have a drink surrounded by titans of industry or kings of the underworld. Inside, intimate banquettes can make for private fun, while the outdoor, rooftop seating is sure to be the ideal summer spot. Enjoy craft cocktails along with a light bite menu. Try the popular Burnt End Poutine with brisket, tater tots, and house-made BBQ sauce.

Como’s (Spring 2019)

Casual Italian-American
22812 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

When Como’s Restaurant closed after issues with the health department and a dwindling fan base, people who still loved the iconic restaurant were verklempt. What would take the place in the large restaurant that features a 250-seat patio and a family-style dining room? Peas and Carrots Hospitality put new life into the location, specializing in Detroit-style pizza. Try out their exciting new eclectic flair, with new menu items like breakfast pizza, baked spaghetti, Italian-style guacamole, or a Detroit-style pizza like the Lucy Jean.

Traverse City Whiskey Co. Tasting Room (Spring 2019)

Distillery & Bar
22812 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Located inside the former Como’s Restaurant, the Traverse City Whiskey Co. Tasting Room brings a taste of the “north” to the metro area. Serving cocktails and selling bottles of its classic whiskeys and bourbon, Traverse City Distillery is hoping to expand its imprint by increasing production. The company has also recently begun to offer premium, all-natural cocktail cherries from Michigan cherries.

Shimmy Shack (Spring 2019)

1440 Sheldon Rd., Plymouth

Starting life as a vegan and gluten free food truck, Shimmy Shack is finally opening their first brick and mortar location. Featuring fast food service counters, a vegan and gluten free marketplace, and Sundays reserved for private parties. Try the “Shimmy Coney,” a Lightlife-brand soy dog grilled and topped with their signature vegan chili, mustard, and onions.

Saffron De Twah (Spring 2019)

7636 Gratiot Ave., East Side

There is no shortage of Middle Eastern food in Detroit. But, Saffron De Twah is serving up a twist with traditional Moroccan items that aren’t widely available. Carrots play a prominent role in this culture’s dishes, so be sure to try the carrot slaw and carrot tagine made of braised carrots, lemon vegetable couscous and pomegranate walnut salsa. The restaurant is popular on Grubhub making it a great spot to call to have a Moroccan feast at home.

Woodward Ave. Bar & Grill (Spring 2019)

Casual American
12000 Woodward Ave., Highland Park

The first sit down restaurant in over 20 years in Highland Park was highly anticipated when it opened this spring. Featuring local favorites like lamb chops, and finger foods like chicken quesadillas and mozzarella sticks, this watering hole also features a full bar with beer, wine, and craft cocktails. Come by to find neighborhood locals enjoying the lovely sun-dappled fenced-in patio.

They Say (Spring 2019)

Casual American
17810 Vernier Rd., Harper Woods

Some of the best chicken wings in Detroit are from They Say, and now they are bringing their local flavor to a former Applebee’s restaurant in Harper Woods near the transitioning Eastland Mall. In addition to wings, They Say on the east side will also feature new choices like short ribs, Italian subs, and seafood. The new location will also feature lots of live music including live jazz every Thursday and Friday night.

Zao Jun (Spring 2019)

6608 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Township

Chinese for “kitchen god,” Zao Jun is a casual and family friendly pan-Asian restaurant complete with fried rice, spring rolls, lo mein, and other made-from-scratch dishes. With mostly small, shareable plates, at a reasonable price, Zao Jun also features a full bar and craft cocktails that complement the menu. Reviewers are raving about stir fried Kung pao chicken that packs a punch with red chili peppers, onion, and cashews.

AWAKE Cafe (Spring 2019)

4224 3rd Ave., Midtown

With a goal to improve lives locally and internationally, AWAKE coffee beans are farmed in Honduras at a farm founded by Evangelistic Faith Mission as a way to provide jobs to local families. The baked goods at AWAKE are provided by the On the Rise Bakery Cafe-a local social entrepreneurship program. Try the cinnamon rolls that are huge and topped with a dollop of sweet cream. AWAKE also offers fruit smoothies that boast five full servings of fruit in each 20 ounce beverage.

Balkan House (Spring 2019)

Modern Eastern European
3028 Caniff St., Hamtramck

Serving up their popular Doner Kebab sandwich has put Balkan House on the map. The pocket pita is stuffed with gyro meat that is a mix of lamb and veal and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and purple cabbage. The sandwich also has a yogurt based garlic sauce that is addictive. While the doner is what Balkan House is famous for, they also offer a full Bosnian menu like grah-a traditional bean soup and cevapi, which are tasty sausages. Balkan House also offers fresh juices, Turkish coffee, and Arabic teas.

Bodega Cat (Spring 2019)

Grocery and Mexican
2200 Scotten Ave., Southwest Detroit

Claiming the best tamales in Detroit, Bodega Cat is a grocery store that also offers green chicken tamales and pork red tamales most weekdays. On Fridays, Bodega Cat offers cheese and jalapeño tamales. Named for the cats that are found inside local grocers all around New York City, Bodega Cat is small and family-friendly. The environment is casual and has a well-worn feel that virtually guarantees delicious food. Fans of Bodega Cat also rave about the vegan tamales, as well as the Mexican coffee.

A.B.’s Amazing Ribs (Spring 2019)

Halal Barbecue
27310 Ford Rd., Dearborn

Pork is usually a staple in the barbecue business. But, at A.B.’s Amazing Ribs, beef is on the menu and not just beef, but halal beef. The rich flavors of Texas barbecue in beef ribs, brisket, and chicken are paired with an amazing tangy sauce. Classic side dishes are on the menu, too, including Mac and cheese, fries, and cornbread. Reviewers can’t get enough of the brisket, but the smoked chicken is quickly turning into a crowd pleaser.

Table Detroit (Spring 2019)

Classic American Comfort
Fort Street Galley, 160 W. Fort St., Downtown

Chef Phill Milton brings his passion for classic Americana to his new venture, Table inside Fort Street Galley. With modern twists on classics and comfort food, food at Table is meant to inspire memories of sitting around and dining with friends. With a menu that is perfect for brunch and lunch, try the crispy Brussels sprouts with applewood bacon, shallots, and roasted apple. The Quack Mac is sure to be a fan favorite with confit duck, truffled onions and fontina in cavatappi pasta with crispy skin and fine herbs.

Youngblood Vineyard (Spring 2019)

61829 Ray Center Rd., Ray

Located just 20 minutes away from the city of Detroit, Youngblood Vineyard is the realization of a dream for Dave and Jess Youngblood. After spending 25 years living in some of the most beautiful wine country in the U.S., the Youngblood’s have transformed a family farm to a vineyard featuring thoroughly selected grapes that will thrive in Michigan. Stop by this summer to try the 2018 Frontenac that is aged in stainless steel and French oak barrels. The semi sweet red will be a great addition to a case which can be purchased with a 10% discount.

Cooking with Que (Spring 2019)

Comfort Food
6529 Woodward Ave., Midtown

Blogger Quiana “Que” Broden began writing and preparing awesome vegan meals after a health crisis caused her to reevaluate her dietary choices. Yet, her husband and children are still meat eaters, so her restaurant, like her home, is a space where vegans and meat eaters can gleefully coexist. Broden’s food has been featured on dozens of television shows and she opens her kitchen regularly to guest chefs. Visit her brick and mortar store and her website for recipes to try at home.

Warda Patisserie (Spring 2019)

1464 Gratiot Ave., Eastern Market

Bringing sophisticated, hand-crafted pastries to Detroit, Warda Patisserie is bringing flavors inspired by the travels of the owners around the world. Warda Bouguettaya is excited to introduce Detroit to Algerian pastries like date honey makroud. Warda offers seasonal pastries without any preservatives or additives. Warda Patisserie will also offer wholesale operations and a catering business.

Grand Circus Diner (Spring 2019)

1570 Woodward Ave., Downtown

Opened right on Grand Circus Park, this circus-themed diner serves comfort food like pasta, fried chicken, prime tenderloin meatballs and matzo ball soup. But one of the most unique options to Detroit is the Cincinnati-style chili (served over spaghetti noodles). Don’t knock it till you try it. There is also be unique vegetarian and vegan offerings like salads and a fried feta sandwich.

Yum Village (Spring 2019)

African and Caribbean
6500 Woodward Ave., New Center

Having evolved from a pop-up shop to a food truck, the focus of the restaurant is quick, casual service with North African flavor and French undertones. Owner Godwin Ihentuge launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to open the space, and contributors earned rewards like free meals and discounts. In addition to the New Center location, the food truck will still operate in West Village.

Detroit Vineyards (Spring 2019)

1000 Gratiot Ave., Eastern Market

Most urban centers are not known for growing grapes and producing wines, but Detroit has historical precedent. Detroit Vineyards claims that the city’s founder had a vineyard in 1702 and they are using old and new world practices to bring the taste of Detroit and France to your glass. The winery and tasting room is located in the former Stroh’s Brewery and is sure to be a great addition to the Eastern Market assortment of flavors.

Shield’s Pizza (Spring 2019)

Pizza & Italian
5057 Woodward Ave., Midtown

A pioneer of “Detroit-style pizza,” Shield’s has outposts in several suburbs, and is now bringing their classic deep dish pizza to Midtown. In addition to pizza, calzones and other Italian food, the newest location offers more appetizers and entrees. Located across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts, Shield’s will offer pick up service, as well as dine in. The midtown location serves the neighborhood with brunch and catering service as well.

Pinky’s Rooftop (Spring 2019)

Small Plates
100 S. Main St., Royal Oak

Bringing an eclectic, vintage vibe to Royal Oak (and a rooftop bar), Pinky’s has a gorgeous outdoor garden theme and a fun menu. The 90-seat restaurant has small plates, oysters, and very creative craft cocktails. Try a Pinky’s Ice Pop, made with rosé or prosecco with a popsicle dipped in for good measure.

Drifter Coffee (Spring 2019)

Coffee and Light Food
780 Woodward Heights, Ferndale

After starting out as a mobile coffee trailer, Drifter Coffee has found a brick-and-mortar home in Ferndale. With the coffee bar on the first floor, the second floor has a cozy seating area. The menu features espresso beverages and light food fare.

Ochre Bakery (Spring 2019)

Baked Goods
4884 Grand River Ave., Core City

From the owners of Astro Coffee comes Ochre Bakery. Known for their hit breads, pastries, and cakes, Jessica Hicks and Dai Hughes will be able to offer a wider selection of tasty treats. Ochre makes naturally leavened bread with grains that are grown and milled as locally as possible. Salads, sandwiches and Australian meat pies will also be on the menu.

Cǿllect (Spring 2019)

Craft Beer Bar
1454 Gratiot Ave., Eastern Market

Located above and owned and operated by Gather, this new craft beer bar features a 14-seat bar, an additional 20 more bench seats and rooftop seating in warm weather. Collect has about 14 taps, as well as cider and kombucha. An exclusive collaboration beer with Ferndale’s Urbanrest Brewing Company is in the works.

Bagley Central (Spring 2019)

2545 Bagley St., Southwest

What happens when you mix punk, glam, new wave, and rhythm & blues in a cocktail bar? Bagley Central aims to find out. While Southwest Detroit is sure to become a hot hangout spot over the next few years, the owners of Bagley Central hope to still have a neighborhood bar that elevates the shot-and-a-beer concept. Though it boasts no kitchen, Bagley Central wants to attract pop-up chefs and serves bar snacks alongside its custom cocktail menu.

Pao Detroit (Spring 2019)

114 W. Adams St., Grand Circus Park

With 110 seats, Pao Detroit will have plenty of space to offer as a unique dining option with “nightlife elements.” Located on the first floor of the new Briggs Houze apartments, Pao has a five-star menu that includes filet mignon and crab legs. Playing off the Asian design of the building which was built in the 1920s, Pao also has a full bar and craft cocktails.

Peso Bar (Spring 2019)

Casual Mexican
2547 Bagley Ave., Southwest Detroit

Comfort food is on the menu at this new Mexican eatery in Southwest Detroit. Soups, tortas, sandwiches, and burritos will be served up alongside a fleet of 20–yes, 20–margaritas. Peso is owned by the owners of Toma Detroit and is sure to feature the best tasting tequila and mezcal in the city alongside a long line of Mexican beers that are rarely found in Metro Detroit on tap.

Lucki’s Cheesecakes (Spring 2019)

Cheesecake & Bakery
5063 Trumbull Ave., Suite 2, Woodbridge

Joining the suddenly popular block in Woodbridge is Lucki’s Cheesecakes. Owner Rhonda Crenshaw Morris will soon become a neighborhood favorite, serving up crazy cheesecake flavors such as Superman and banana pudding.

Madcap Coffee Company (Spring 2019)

1001 Woodward Ave., Downtown

Grand Rapids-based coffee company Madcap opened their first Detroit location. Able to offer their own roasts, the company is hoping to be a place for more than just a great cup of coffee, but a place where connections are formed. Brewing small batch coffee since 2008, Madcap has cultivated a cult following and also sells a lot of cool coffee-oriented merchandise to fans.

Grandma Bob’s (Spring 2019)

2135 Michigan Ave., Corktown

Offering artisanal, Detroit-style pizzas in Corktown, Grandma Bob’s (formerly called White Star Pizza) creates vegan-friendly, gluten-free and other fun, tasty pies. With its friendly take on the local “pizza joint,” Grandma Bob’s also features a menu of local craft beers and ciders.

Destination 1905 (Spring 20

8130 Kercheval Ave., West Village

Destination 1905 bills itself as a neighborhood bar with international flavor, joining Detroit’s beloved West Village, where it’s already a favorite. This bar serves classics like mojitos and martinis. Check out their happy hour with complimentary popcorn.

Barter (Spring 2019)

11601 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck

Hamtramck’s flourishing art scene continues to attract quality brands and experiences. Owners of Barter were inspired by their passion for the arts and memories of New York’s bar scene. The unique 3,500 square feet that is Barter is split into two with a cocktail bar in the front and a community space in the back. Happy Hour is happier at Barter on weekdays from 4pm to 7pm with $2 beer, $5 wine, and $7 craft cocktails. Try Kerry’s Country Breakfast featuring Benchmark bourbon, smoked maple syrup, black walnut bitters, and a mini waffle.

The Brakeman (Winter 2019)

Beer Hall
1424 Woodward Ave., Downtown

The newest opening within the Shinola Hotel, The Brakeman is a beer hall that offers a host of craft beers, and an alleyway with lots of iconic games to keep visitors entertained. You can also order food from Penny Red’s, also in the hotel, and bring it into the beer hall.

Penny Red’s (Winter 2019)

Casual American
1400 Woodward Ave., Downtown

The Shinola Hotel is very much the talk of the town. Complete with vintage decor, rooms with great views, and a popular name it is expected to become a favorite with travelers. The hotel also has several great food options that are sure to satisfy the taste buds from both home and away. Penny Red’s has three chicken sandwiches which can then be customized to sensational flavors with their tangy sauces. Penny Red’s also serves up chicken by the bucket and amazing, unique sides like crispy brussel sprouts.

Magpie (Winter 2019)

Cocktail Lounge
Fort Street Galley, 160 W. Fort St., Downtown

Fort Street Galley recently transformed their in-house bar into the Magpie cocktail lounge, offering their customers a more intimate experience once the restaurants have closed. Magpie offers a couple lower ABV draft cocktails, but also some higher ABV cocktails like the Ultralight Beam. The bar will continue to have the popular Chinese dice game, where the dice decide which drink pairing you will get at a fixed price.

Evening Bar (Winter 2019)

1424 Woodward Ave., Downtown

Located inside the new Shinola Hotel, Evening Bar is serving up classic Americana cuisine paired with seasonal cocktails. A Detroit outpost of its NYC location, Evening Bar is known for their tasty burgers and warm cookies. The cocktails are billed by reviewers as “detailed and ambitious.” We hope the Detroit location is even better than the original.

Mootz Pizzeria and Bar (Winter 2019)

1230 Library St., Downtown

New York-style pizza paired with over 20 beers on tap? What could be better? Tony Sacco and Dean Walters have brought their pizzeria idea to downtown with the spirit of New York but flavor of Detroit. The restaurant seats at least 100 with more seating at the bar. The walk up by-the-slice counter will surely be a hit with the neighborhood.

Motor City Popcorn (Winter 2019)

37000 Six Mile Rd., Livonia

Located inside Laurel Park Mall after spending two years as a mobile popcorn operation, Motor City Popcorn is serving up unique flavors of snacks like dill pickle to the classic cheese and caramel. Detroit’s DJ Babe known for spinning tunes around town for years transitioned to his new business after satisfying his own cravings. Motor City Popcorn is a fun new addition to Detroit’s emerging snack food scene.

The Library (Winter 2019)

712 Cass Ave., Downtown

Located inside the iconic Detroit Club, The Library creates a higher level of cocktails for a discerning palate. With texture oriented drinks that are created with age-old techniques designed to present a novel drinking experience within a rich, opulent environment. The Library also offers small bites including two unique flatbread offerings which complement the creative, curated cocktail list.

Fusion Flare (Winter 2019)

Casual American
16801 Plymouth St., Grandale

The restaurant resurgence in Detroit is expanding out from the inner city to the well-deserving neighborhoods. Chef-owner Mashelle Sykes is bringing her unique style of southern comfort food to her west side neighborhood including a delicious brunch menu featuring classics like chicken and waffles and catfish with remoulade sauce. Fusion Flare also has a full service bar and cocktails to treat her guests.

Elephant Room (Winter 2019)

Casual American
439 E. Congress St., Greektown

Located near the historic entertainment venue, St. Andrews Hall, the new Elephant Room offers a great new pre-show option for small bites and cocktails. The intimate but well-appointed space features a bar and an accommodating staff who are good company in a good atmosphere. Reviewers rave about the Italian sandwich and four tasty flatbread options, while the seasoned fries are a great quick bite that come coney style or plain.

Zo’s Good Burger (Winter 2019)

2894 W. Grand Blvd., New Center Area

Featuring Halal menu items that are locally sourced, Zo’s is a rapidly-expanding franchise that boasts the “perfect burger for every customer.” Known for their delicious toppings like mozzarella sticks and onion rings on pretzel or brioche buns, Zo’s quarter pound beef patty can be substituted with a chicken patty or black bean burger. Reviewers love the mac & cheese bites that are stuffed with lots of gooey cheese and a thin panko crust. The build your own fries option is a fan favorite with toppings like Zo’s own secret sauce on regular and cajun spiced french fries.

Mongers’ Provisions (Winter 2019)

Casual American
4240 Cass Ave., Cass Corridor, Midtown

There is almost no better combination than chocolate and cheese. The Detroit outpost of the Ferndale favorite opened late last year as a shop with a selection of fresh and frozen meats and cheeses for sale. Now offering pressed sandwiches, Mongers is serving four tasty and melty sandwiches on none other than Avalon bread. Try the raclette,  which is piled with gooey cheese, Better Made chips and cornichons.

Latido @ Joebar (Winter 2019)

Latin Concept
23829 John R. Rd., Hazel Park

Featuring a menu that is a mix of Central and South American cuisines, Latido (Spanish for heartbeat) is an exciting new concept sure to energize and excite visitors. Panamanian and Peruvian comfort foods are central to the menu while small bites like empanadas are also featured for $9 to $10. Latin-inspired desserts have a place at Latido as well with traditional flavors like flan and dulce de leche as well as a rotation of unique ice cream flavors.

Cata Vino Mercado and Wine Bar (Winter 2019)

Wine Bar & Retail
4130 Cass Ave., Midtown

High-quality canned seafood is a staple in Spain, and the owners of Detroit tapas bar, La Feria, have brought that experience to you with a new wine bar and food retail shop. Bringing a taste of casual Spain to Detroit, the shop offers wines and sherries that are native to the sunny country. Cata Vino will also offer gourmet olive oil and spices. More than just a retail space, Cata Vino has seating for up 30 and hosts tasting events.

Cannelle Coffee & Patisserie (Winter 2019)

French Pastries
45 W. Grand River Ave., Capitol Park

The downtown outpost of the popular Birmingham patisserie features a menu of delicious, inspired pastries. Customers rave about the plum tart, English cakes, and macarons. Owned by Matt Knio, the new downtown location also features a few treats specific to the city. Cannelle will seat 20 patrons indoors and another 20 on its outdoor patio.

San Morello (Fall 2018)

1424 Woodward Ave., Downtown

The Shinola Hotel may be one of the most exciting new developments in downtown Detroit. The swanky and trendy hotel is sure to cater to a discerning crowd both from in and outside of the city. That means that the food has got to be good. James Beard award winning chef, Andrew Carmellini, brings an Italian restaurant inspired by the tastes of southern Italy and features authentic-style dishes like wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta. At over 3,000 square feet, San Morello is sure to be a major attraction for food and socializing at Shinola.

Good Stuff Corktown (Fall 2018)

Prepared Food and Market
1444 Michigan Ave., Corktown

Inspired by the little bodegas that populate almost any neighborhood in New York City, which is the former home of owner, Mallory Mottoulle. After relocating to Detroit, Mottoulle wanted to provide a location in her neighborhood where people can shop for small kitchen items and quick prepared foods. In the 1700-square foot space, Good Stuff is a new option for Corktown residents to grab all kinds of items from paper towels to milk. The kitchen will be open soon serving up Ayurvedic-inspired food items that are holistic and wellness focused.

Cork and Gabel (Fall 2018)

Irish, Italian & German Fusion
2415 Michigan Ave., Corktown

Locally-sourced sausage is one of the standout features of the Cork and Gabel menu. The “bangers and brats” are served on a freshly-baked pretzel hoagie. Heavy on fresh meats and potatoes, the menu has unique items that are reminiscent of traditional Irish and German home-cooking.

Fort Street Galley (Fall 2018)

Food Hall
160 W. Fort St., Downtown

Another food-hall collective is coming to Detroit featuring four unique vendors. The collective, which chose its chefs through a competition, will feature seating for 225 people. The galley will also feature a patio and full-service bar.

High Dive (Fall 2018)

11474 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck

The idea of pop-artist, Shark Toof, High Dive is recognizable from the red fiberglass shark peeking out from the facade of the building. With a menu featuring both high and low end cocktails, High Dive is slinging drinks mixed with Detroit’s own Faygo soda. Designed by an artist, the bar has a decidedly vintage and unique look and feel. So far, only drinks are available, but food may be soon to come.

Cobb’s Corner Bar (Fall 2018)

4201 Cass Ave., Cass Corridor

Originally opened in 1970, Cobb’s Corner Bar was a jazz venue and art gallery. The restaurant closed in the early 1980s and subsequently leased the space out for years. The resurgence of Cass Corridor has given Cobb’s (and neighbor Willis Street Gallery) new life. The bar and restaurant serves traditional drinks and pub fare and, in perhaps a throwback nod, is cash only.

Crazy Gringo Express (Fall 2018)

500 Griswold St., Financial District

Having had great success in Plymouth, Crazy Gringo brings their fair-priced Mexican meal deals inside the city limits. Fans of the original store rave about the carne asada and carnitas. At the smaller location inside the Guardian Building, busy downtown employees can get tacos, rice and beans to-go with the same great taste. Enjoy the salsa, it’s a fan favorite and comes with every meal.

D’Vine Cookies & Dough (Fall 2018)

3031 W. Grand Blvd., New Center Area

Nothing beats the mid-afternoon slump like cookies! Now lucky folks in the New Center Area can get their afternoon pick-me-up from a Ferndale favorite. D’Vine Cookies & Dough has opened a kiosk selling raw cookie dough and baked cookies inside of the New Center One building. The D in D’Vine stands for Detroit and owner Rebecca Abel is happy to be officially slinging her sweet treats inside the city.

Lucky Detroit Coffee & Espresso (Fall 2018)

2000 Michigan Ave. 2nd Fl., Corktown

The owners of Detroit Barbers have opened a coffee shop above their popular shop in Corktown. With a rustic saloon feel, the shop has seating and will open up a patio space to enjoy warm weather. Lucky Detroit is serving coffee from Populace Coffee-a Bay City-area small batch roasting company, as well as tea from Dearborn-based Retea. Lucky Detroit also sells cute novelty items like coffee mugs and a latte scented soap.

Motown Bistro and Oyster Bar (Fall 2018)

Seafood and Steaks
2735 Russell St., Eastern Market

Located in the ever popular Eastern Market, Motown Bistro and Oyster Bar is serving up delicious seafood bites and succulent steaks. The restaurant also has regular live entertainment which makes it a major draw for the neighborhood. Motown Bistro has covered all the bases with a delightful happy hour menu and drink specials. Featuring fresh oysters daily, reviewers are raving about the surf and turf as well as delightful appetizers like their blue crab potato skins.

Antihero (Fall 2018)

231 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale

Bringing a popular ramen menu from Los Angeles, chef Nick Erven has opened the highly-anticipated Antihero, offering Asian-influenced light meals to central Ferndale. Featuring a mixture of raw items and veggies as well as noodle and rice dishes, Antihero offers some hibachi and Korean-style banchan dishes as well. The restaurant also offers custom cocktails and tasty dumplings.

Le Culture Cafe (Fall 2018)

American Fare
1428 Gratiot Ave., Eastern Market

Opening with much fanfare, Le Culture Cafe is already a favorite according to Detroit Facebook users. Known for their generous portions and gorgeous plating, the restaurant specializes in American cuisine. The steak and potatoes is particularly popular as are the seafood offerings. Located inside the former Antietam space in Eastern Market, Le Culture does a lot of local sourcing for its delectable menu, and all seating is by reservation only. Try the stuffed salmon or crab cakes for a full-on flavor bomb.

Holy Moly Donut Shop (Fall 2018)

20301 W. Seven Mile Rd., Evergreen Lahser 7/8

The build-your-own donut shop sensation has opened a second location on the west side of the city. With Detroit-centric toppings like Better Made chips and pretzels that can be piled on top of glazed donuts and fritters, this sweet shop sensation is sure to continue to be a hit with hardcore fans.

Detroit City Football Clubhouse (Fall 2018)

3401 E. Lafayette St., Detroit

Inside the 75,000-square foot multi-sport facility that is the home of the Detroit City Football Club, a new bar is open to serve sports fans. With fields for soccer and lacrosse, The Fieldhouse also features Rebel Cycle Studio. The menu offers international flavors like Vietnamese chicken sausage pie and classic English beef pies. Drink offerings include buckets of beer for only $15 and cocktails for $6.

Bikes and Coffee (Fall 2018)

Coffee and Small Bites
1521 Putnam St., Woodbridge

True to its name, Bikes and Coffee is for… well, bikes and coffee. The shop is serving pour-overs and espresso made with Hyperion coffee, as well as bagels from Detroit Institute of Bagels. There are plans to expand to sandwiches, salads, and other small bites from outside vendors. The shop features a fully-functioning bike shop capable of walk-in repairs and offering custom builds for the Woodbridge crowd.

Hazel, Ravines & Downtown (Fall 2018)

Casual Americana
34977 Woodward Ave., Birmingham

Hazel, Raines & Downtown fills a lot of needs offering a grab-and-go counter and market, a sit-down restaurant, and a private dining room in its 10,000 square-foot space. The menu, like the design, is casual but elevated. The “Hazel” menu offers tasty traditional meals, while the “Ravines,” highlights bites inspired from around the world. The “Downtown,” menu features trendy items like a Fall Oyster Roast with oysters, veggies, and a delectable sauce.

Marrow (Fall 2018)

Butcher Shop/Meat-Centric Restaurant
8044 Kercheval Ave., Indian Village

With a focus on local and sustainable meat by using old-world butcher practices, Marrow will offer a limited lunch menu and a rotating seasonal dinner menu. On the smaller side, Marrow has seating to accommodate 40-50 diners and a lovely outdoor patio.

Spread Deli & Coffee Shop (Fall 2018)

4215 Cass Ave., Cass Corridor, Midtown

Featuring 10 different sandwiches made with Avalon breads, meats, and produce and cheese from Eastern Market, Spread Deli & Coffee House boasts an enviable local menu. True to their brand, the shop also has Cadillac Coffee and Detroit Cookie Company cookies. Spread is excited to offer a clean cut, unpretentious but delicious menu.

UFO Factory (Fall 2018)

American Fare/Social Club
2110 Trumbull Ave., Corktown

The well-known social club/live music venue is returning after being damaged by a fire. Featuring a full-service bar and tasty small bites at a great price, the return of UFO Factory is highly-anticipated. Known for their amazing Laika Dogs that can be topped with nearly every imaginable topping, UFO Factory will also return with its tasty brunch menu featuring waffle dogs and build your own hash.

Gran Castor (Fall 2018)

2950 Rochester Rd., Troy

With a variety of Latin American-influenced dishes, Gran Castor recently opened their 245-seat location. Reviewers are raving about the tequila-brined half chicken that is baked and then deep-fried. Gran Castor also offers pizza with unusual ingredients like chorizo, smoked cheddar, and salsa. Owned by Union Joints, the restaurant has a beautiful open kitchen, a lounge, patio, and even a room for private dining.

Bucharest Grill (Fall 2018)

436 W. Columbia St., The District Detroit

The incredibly popular Mediterranean sandwich spot will return to the downtown area near the stadiums. Featuring all of the favorites from the menu like chicken shawarma and falafel wraps, this downtown location will be the first to feature a full-bar offering.

Anchor Bar (Fall 2018)

American Fare
450 West Fort Street, Downtown

The historic Anchor Bar, a favorite haunt of Red Wings players and fans, will change hands this fall. The bar is best known for their signature Anchor Wings, delicious Buffalo-style chicken wings served with traditional celery and bleu cheese. The new owners, the Elia Group, have said that they plan to retain most of the menu with just a few updates.

Besa (Fall 2018)

Albanian & Raw Bar
600 Woodward Ave., Downtown

With a guiding philosophy that means, “our guests before ourselves,” Besa plans to offer Detroit an amazing dining experience. Designed by Neumann Smith Architecture, the restaurant will feature two levels with seating for 135. A raw bar, booths, and hi-tops will be complemented by high ceilings and light fixtures designed to look like clouds. Expect tasty oysters and an extensive wine selection inside the historic Vinton Building.

AK Takeaway (Summer 2018)

Middle Eastern Fare
150 W Jefferson Ave., Downtown

Tasty, traditional Lebanese favorites with a light, airy atmosphere that offers fresh salads and bowls. Try the chicken shawarma bowl or the fattoush salad if you want to go classic, or the B Money salad if you want to try something new.

SheWolf Pastificio & Bar (Summer 2018)

438 Selden St., Midtown

Led by Chef Anthony Lombardo, SheWolf Pastificio & Bar is contemporary Italian cuisine that is inspired by Old Rome. SheWolf is the only restaurant in Michigan that is milling its own flour on-site which is then used in their pasta and bread. The result is pasta so fresh and delicious with nutrients intact.

Deluxx Fluxx (Summer 2018)

American Fare/Arcade/Event Space
225 Gratiot Ave., The Belt

One of Detroit’s most exciting new offerings features amazing permanent custom art installations, as well as 10 vintage, Detroit themed arcade games- like Robocop pinball. Deluxx Fluxx will also offer 10 custom cocktails on tap, (yes you read that correctly!) as well as a selection of craft beers. The greatest draw will be the 240-capacity entertainment venue that is sure to attract great entertainment.

Bangkok 96 Street Food (Summer 2018)

Thai Street Food
Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor, Midtown

A spin off from their original location in Dearborn, Bangkok 96 Street Food also offers a spin off from traditional Thai food. Order the pad thai roll for a dish that will make all of your Instagram followers drool.

-320º Coffee & Creamery (Summer 2018)

Ice Cream & Coffee
Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor, Midtown

Hop on one of the coolest dessert trends and try nitrogen ice cream at this Detroit Shipping Co. tenant. This creamy dessert can be ordered along with espresso and cold brew coffee.

Willis Show Bar (Summer 2018)

Cabaret & Cocktails
4156 3rd Ave., Midtown

Reborn as an upscale cabaret and cocktail bar, Willis Show Bar has been revived from its early “Show Bar” era. The unique main stage is still behind the bar and features live music along with cabaret performers, burlesque dancers, deejays and comedians. Willis Show Bar features unique private booths that can accommodate up to 20 and an array of fantastic cocktails.

COOP Farm to Table (Summer 2018)

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor, Midtown

At COOP, the specialty of the house is chicken. Not just any chicken, but locally farmed, organic chicken. Marinated for 24 hours with Asian and Caribbean flavors comprised of garlic, ginger, allspice, cilantro, and sour oranges and the kicker-scotch bonnet pepper. COOP then finishes their chicken with signature sauces. Celebrity Chef Max Hardy is happy to be back in his hometown serving up his favorite flavors.

Brujo Tacos and Tapas (Summer 2018)

Detroit Shipping Co., 474 Peterboro St., Cass Corridor, Midtown

Brujo is serving whimsy along with their delicious small plates. Their menu is paired with classic songs that inspired the menu offering. The steak taco is matched with Wu Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” while the octopus is paired with “Octopus’s Garden,” from The Beatles classic, Abbey Road. Their website even features a Spotify playlist.

Applebee’s + IHOP (Summer 2018)

555 Brush St, Downtown

A mashup of two of America’s favorite spots, this is the first hybrid of its kind and it’s open right here in Detroit. Located inside the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Downtown Detroit, the mashup is an interesting combination of two popular tastes. The Applebee’s menu will be available from 11am to Midnight, while the IHOP menu is available 24/7.

Urban Ramen (Summer 2018)

4206 Woodward Ave., Midtown

A Los Angeles-export, Urban Ramen is owned by Kohei Robert—a restauranteur with a background in fashion design. The best ramen starts with amazing broth. At Urban Ramen, they cook their broth for over 16 hours allowing the flavors to develop deeply. Urban Ramen also features tasty poke and rice bowls.

ChickP (Summer 2018)

110 Clifford St., Downtown

Serving up Mediterranean favorites in a fast-casual environment, ChickP is the sister restaurant of Chickpea in the D-a neighboring walk-up window. Offering tasty treats like pita wraps, rice bowls, and salads in a warm environment, ChickP features delicious healthy food with a menu that is still expanding. Reviewers are raving about the “Hottie,” a falafel wrap with lettuce, tomato, onion, hot pepper tahini and a tangy house sauce.

Catrina’s Taqueria (Summer 2018)

23019 W. Outer Dr., Allen Park

Featuring authentic Mexican-style street food, Catrina’s serves the urban flavors of Mexico City. The taco menu offers both meat and veggie options at a great price of $1.99 each. Reviewers love the poblano corn side item that is fire-roasted with epazote, charred poblano, and bell pepper. Top off your meal with a traditional fruit popsicle.

Chili Mustard Onions (Summer 2018)

Vegan Coney Island
3411 Brush St., Brush Park

Detroit’s first vegan coney island comes to Detroit and not a moment too soon. As more and more people abandon meat for a more health and environmentally conscious diet, Chili Mustard Onions is a great option for a vegan taste of Detroit. Also on the menu is spinach pie, beet balls, and soft serve vegan ice cream.

Second Best Bar (Summer 2018)

Bar & Light Snacks
42 Watson St., Brush Park

The minds behind Grey Ghost now has a new venture in the former headquarters of the Heidelberg Project in Brush Park. Second Best Bar features a rotating menu of beer-and-a-shot combos, as well as a few sandwiches and bar snacks. A slightly dressed down feel from its big sister, Second Best also has a rec area with pub games and a shuffleboard table.

Albena (Summer 2018)

American Tasting Table
1509 Broadway St., Downtown

An eight-seat restaurant with a tasting menu only, Albena is the highly-anticipated concept restaurant by Garrett Lipar. Inside the new Siren Hotel, formerly the Wurlitzer Building, Albena is named after Lipar’s grandmother. A James Beard nominated chef, Lipar plans to redefine Great Lakes cuisine with a progressive take on the regions flavors and hues. Be prepared to reserve a seat in advance for an avant garde food experience.

Norma G’s (Summer 2018)


14700 East Jefferson Ave., Jefferson Chalmers

After launching a successful Trinidadian-American food truck, Lester Gouvia has opened his full-service casual restaurant near Grosse Pointe Park. With seating for 90 and an outdoor patio, Norma G’s features delicious comfort foods like jerk chicken sliders and macaroni and cheese. This heavy pescatarian menu also shows love to scrumptious vegan options.

Coming Soon

Karl’s (Summer 2019)

Comfort Food
The Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway St., Downtown

Coming to the second-floor of the Siren Hotel, Karl’s will feature American classics like donuts and ham sandwiches crafted from thin-cut Parisian ham made at Lady of the House. Karl’s will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but hopes to be a major player in catering to the late-night crowd by featuring live music.

Sid’s Gold Request Room (Summer 2019)

American/Piano & Karaoke Bar
1509 Broadway, Downtown

The popular New York City karaoke bar is heading to Detroit prepared to bring their brand of fun and music to the Motor City. Customers can request their song and belt it out while being accompanied by a live pianist. Known for their classic cocktails, Sid’s will likely also feature their signature food menu of American fare like meatballs blended with Parmesan and Sid’s Fries, crispy baked Yukon gold potatoes.

Garden Flora (Summer 2019)

Beer and Wine
611 W. Philadelphia St., Virginia Park

An exciting new concept is coming to the near-New Center Area. Local residents Laura and Richard Ludka are opening a small bar that will be inspired by a local flower garden. Garden Flora will feature beers and wines inspired by hibiscus, chamomile, and roses. The wine selection is also to be inspired by flowers. To complete the concept, Garden Flora will sell flowers and partner with a small urban farm, Central Detroit Christian community development group.

Cold Truth (Summer 2019)

Vegan Ice Cream
1462 Service St., Eastern Market

With tasty treats served during summer “cool down hours” from 4pm to 10pm, Cold Truth is bringing their vegan ice cream back to Eastern Market this summer. The company has plans to expand to Midtown, but haven’t chosen a location yet. They are also tossing around the idea of becoming a food truck making them an ultimate ice cream truck. With tasty flavors like lavender, blueberry, and vegan chocolate, Cold Truth is set to be the best last stop for summer evenings.

Huddle (Summer 2019)

Frozen Custard
2 John R. St., Downtown

Soft serve tasty treats are booming in Detroit. Nothing says summer like a cold treat in the evening. The owners of Gather are bringing a new frozen custard location downtown which will be an extension of the flavors that they served inside the restaurant. Frozen custard is made with eggs in addition to cream and sugar making it creamier and lusciously silky.

El Zocalo (Summer 2019)

Mexican Casual
3400 Bagley St., Southwest

The classic is returning. After shuttering its doors in 2017, the building that housed El Zocalo was recently acquired by Dennis Kefallinos who plans to reopen the beloved Mexican restaurant. The restaurant was known for classic Mexican flavors like fajitas and taco platters, as well as tasty drinks. The new owners haven’t announced what the new menu will be, but there is no shortage of great Mexican flavors in the neighborhood.

Condado Tacos (Summer 2019)

Royal Oak

Ohio-based taco franchise, Condado Tacos, is coming to Michigan with its first stop in Royal Oak. The build-your-own-taco concept prides themselves on fresh ingredients set in a street-art inspired decor. Tacos range from $3.50 to $4.50 and include creative tacos all the way down to Condado’s custom firecracker shell. Choose from your own protein and toppings for tacos and nachos. Condado is also known for their attention to the best tasting tequilas and mezcal for flavorful margaritas like the Kahlo featuring Sauza Blue Reposado, soda, lime juice, and fresh mint.

Unnamed Film Lab Bar & Microcinema (Summer 2019)

3105 Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck

Located inside the 100-year-old P.L.A.V. Building, film screenings that range from cult classics to rarely seen masterpieces are planned for the artsy Hamtramck crowd. The Film Lab also plans to host events for the diverse community. The initial opening will feature themed drinks and food pop-up events. 2020 will see the addition of a dine-in cinema option.

Slyde (Summer 2019)

New Center Area

After abandoning original plans to open up on the Avenue of Fashion, Slyde is bringing a dozen styles of mini burgers to Midtown. With an emphasis on local and sustainable food, Slyde’s mini burger movement allows them to offer diners a wide variety of options that are farm-to-table. Also featuring side items like salads and soups, Slyde is a twist on the traditional fast option easily found in the city. The new location will feature a bar not originally including in the original northwest Detroit plans.

Leila (Summer 2019)

1249 Griswold Street, Capitol Park

Located in the historic Farwell Building, Leila’s is owned and operated by the Eid family who have been serving up Lebanese cuisine at Phoenicia for years. To feature 130 seats, a lounge area, and a private dining space with a mezzanine, Leila’s is sure to be visually stunning. The menu will feature family-style Lebanese classics with a relaxed feel.

Mink (Summer 2019)

Light Apps
1701 Trumbull St., Corktown

Featuring a dinner only and light apps menu, Mink is a part of the new venture from the owners of Farmer’s Hand, Marrow, and Folk, making them an all-female led restaurant group. Mink features only 20 seats and sells no cocktails, but does offer beer, wine, and sake. The restaurant hopes to be a great spot where guest can come by for a bite and a drink on the way for a night out on the town.

Magnet (Summer 2019)

Veggie-Centric American
4848 Grand River Ave., Core City

Magnet features a ‘vegetable-centric’ menu in the former Magnet Radiator Works building on Grand River. The 14-foot exposed ceilings and open kitchen are complimented by a park that owner Philip Kafka is developing on the neighboring property. Rotating daily specials or ‘indulgences’ will be added to the vegetable menu and will include pizza and burgers.

Olga’s Kitchen (Summer 2019)

MGM Grand Casino, 1777 3rd Ave., Detroit

The iconic chain of Greek-American food returns to Detroit after leaving the city limits a few years ago. The signature dishes will be coming to a quick restaurant inside of the MGM Grand Casino. Get your classic steakburger, the original Olga wrap, and signature snackers and curly fries between hands at the high stakes poker table. The limited menu will still feature the classic Peasant soup and cream of broccoli that has made Olga’s a Michigan fave.

Plum Market Kitchen (Summer 2019)

Casual Dining and Market
500 Woodward Ave., Downtown

Featuring a “street market” concept that is new to Detroit, Plum Market Kitchen will include fast, casual dining and limited grocery offerings. In addition, a “Spirit Room,” will serve as an event space available for lease. Plum Market Kitchen will be an outpost for the purchase of fresh flowers, baked goods and organic food as well as feature a full-service bar. The downtown location will partner with Forgotten Harvest to pick up and redistribute surplus food to metro Detroiters in need.

Babo (Summer 2019)

High-End Diner
15 E. Kirby St., Midtown

Expect breakfast, lunch, and brunch at reasonable prices but with a delicious flair at this high-end diner in Midtown. The menu is set to feature unique menu items like chilaquiles, three egg Benedict, and a tasty bolognese. The high-end diner concept has been popular in Detroit and Babo will join the soon-to-be-open Karl’s at the Siren Hotel. Blending the best of both worlds, a staple menu at reasonable prices but with a unique food menu offering, the concept fits Detroit’s eclectic aesthetic.

Pink FlaminGO to Go (Summer 2019)

Healthy Casual American
17740 Woodward Ave., Palmer Park

Known for her “food as medicine” approach to cooking, Chef Meiko Krishok is bringing her popular food truck concept into a brick and mortar space near Palmer Park. The restaurant, which is inside an old Bread Basket Deli, will likely still serve some of the favorites that have made Krishok’s food truck Pink Flamingo so popular during its spring and summer pop-ups. Look for classics like curry veggie wraps on the menu in this neighborhood where several alternative medicine shops have sprouted up.

Frita Batidos (Summer 2019)

The District Detroit

The Ann Arbor staple is coming downtown with amazing burgers. Fritas means burgers, and batidos means tropical milkshakes, which will make for an amazing combination in the District Detroit. The new location will still serve many of the popular Ann Arbor menu offerings like the chorizo burger topped with a fried egg. The new location will also feature a sweet snack line, and a make-it-yourself sandwich bar.

Ivy Kitchen & Cocktails (Summer 2019)

American Fusion
9205 E. Jefferson Ave., East Village

This 60-seat restaurant is bringing a fab flair to East Village with new food options on the east side. Developer Nya Marshall decorated the space herself with rich tones like blues and golds as well as a velvet-upholstered banquette. With seasonally rotating dishes that are a mix of classic Americana, Mexican, Italian, and Caribbean, Ivy Kitchen & Cocktails will offer lunch and dinner service as well as a reduced late-night menu from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Pernoi (Summer 2019)

Global Cuisine

Luxury is on the menu at Birmingham’s newest global-inspired restaurant, Pernoi. Helmed by the acclaimed Luciano DelSignore and Takashi Yagihashi, Pernoi will feature an a la carte and optional prix fixe menu. With 66 seats inside and another 35 on the patio, Pernoi will boast an interior inspired by a luxury yacht perfect for an upscale Birmingham clientele.

Jose’s Tacos (Summer 2019)

2518 Market St., Eastern Market

With twice the size of their original location on Grand River, Jose’s Tacos is bringing their fried and soft shell corn tacos to Eastern Market. The first Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood, Jose’s Tacos new location will be a family-friendly sit down restaurant complete with their familiar platters of beans, rice with every entree. The new location plans to offer fresh juices and their famous refreshing waters.

Good Times on the Avenue (Fall 2019)

Steak and Seafood
19416 Livernois Ave., Avenue of Fashion

Replacing 1917 American Bistro, Good Times on the Avenue is opening a fine dining option in the ever-expanding Avenue of Fashion on the city’s west side. Offering dishes like steaks, seafood, and lamb chops, entrees will range in price from $25 to $60. The space has seating for nearly 100, and will be one of the only “white tablecloth” fine dining options in the area.

Sloppy Chops (Fall 2019)

Casual American
13226 W. McNichols Rd., NW Detroit

Starting out as a meal delivery business that grew by word of mouth and via social media, Sloppy Chops is opening a brick and mortar location on the booming Northwest side of Detroit. The location will be a full service, casual but fine dining experience that is named for their popular lamb chops. Sloppy Chops are known for their large, tasty portions of casual comfort American food. Big, beefy burgers on sweet brioche buns are a favorite at this new neighborhood hangout.

Zingerman’s (Fall 2019)

New Center

An Ann Arbor staple, Zingerman’s is bringing their magic to the New Center area. With big, loaded sandwiches and house-made soups and sides, Zingerman’s is known for fresh, hand-sliced meat and cheese. The Pig Mac, one of their fan faves, with rosemary ham and applewood bacon served with special sauce, romaine lettuce, cheese and spicy pickles is sure to be a hit in their new location.

Frenchie’s (Fall 2019)

American & French
8100 Kercheval St., West Village

Frenchies is taking over the beloved La Boheme space across from Sister Pie. The new restaurant will feature mostly American food with French associations, such as french dip sandwiches, french fries, french toast – you get the picture.

Michigan & Trumbull (Fall 2019)

1439 W. Elizabeth St., Corktown

Husband-and-wife team Nate Peck and Kristen Caverley have recently relocated back to their roots from Pittsburgh to serve the Detroit-style pizza that they grew up loving and enjoyed serving to second home. Their restaurant, Michigan & Trumbull was a hit in Federal Galley, one of Pittsburgh’s food halls.

Sahara Restaurant & Grill (Fall 2019)

2211 Woodward Ave., District Detroit

It’s almost as if Detroiters are born with the taste for Mediterranean food in their mouth. With a large population of middle eastern and Greek immigrants, the food is ingrained in our culture. Sahara Restaurant is a staple with several locations. The newest, coming to District Detroit, brings most of the favorite flavors downtown. Sahara is a great place for vegetarian food with a fan favorite being the Jajeek Salad, which is yogurt mixed with mashed garlic and cucumbers and topped with mint.

Alma Kitchen (Fall 2019)

14300 E Jefferson Ave., Jefferson Chalmers

Inspired by the flavors of the diverse cultures and ideas of modern Detroit, Alma Kitchen has a menu that can’t be labeled as any one thing. Another Motor City Match recipient, owners Gary Mui and Alicia Sanchez are excited to become a staple of their new neighborhood. Alma Kitchen features an exciting lunch and dinner menu, as well as a tantalizing brunch menu which includes an inventive Free Range Chicken Hash of shredded chicken, red potatoes, peppers and onions smothered in an Andouille sausage gravy.

Gabriel Hall (Fall 2019)

Banquet Hall
8002 Kercheval Ave., West Village

With a full-service bar, restaurant, and music venue, Detroit’s West Village is furthering its reputation as a destination spot in the city. Gabriel Hall aims to offer a rich dining experience with a focus on Creole cuisine. With a vintage theme and artistic vibe, Gabriel Hall is set to tune into Detroit’s growing demand for one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Celebrating the city’s Native American, French, and Spanish cuisines with flair is the goal.

Unnamed Jeremy Sasson Pizza Concept (Fall 2019)

4120 2nd Ave., Midtown

The owner of Prime + Proper and Clementina Detroit is bringing a new pizza concept to Midtown. The still unnamed location will led by Myles McVay the former head chef of Otus Supply in Ferndale. Being inside the historic building that was the home of Will Leather Goods may play a part in the new concept including the creation of leather place mats and other accessories. The new restaurant will have naturally fermented, sourdough Neapolitan pizza as its backbone.

The Dapper Doughnut (Fall 2019)

620 Woodward Ave., Downtown

This chain doughnut business is bringing their clever and Instagram worthy donuts to Michigan for the first time and setting up in downtown Detroit. Featuring their unique treats like doughnuts in bow-ties, as well as tasty desserts like bananas foster. The Dapper Doughnut will be a great addition to Campus Martius. In addition to doughnuts, this place will also offer coffees and shakes that are capped off with a bite sized version of their treats.

Beyond Juice (Fall 2019)

Juicer and Healthy Bowls
2911 W. Grand Blvd., New Center Area

As healthy food becomes more and more popular, juicers are doing a booming business. The Michigan juice bar chain is expanding rapidly, bringing their second Detroit location to the New Center Area. With more than raw juiced options, Beyond Juice also makes fresh smoothies and quinoa bowls as well as wraps and salads. The chain plans to grow to at least 15 stores in Michigan. Their most popular smoothie, the Northern Berry, features Michigan cherries and will be on the menu.

Poke Burri (Fall 2019)

70 W. Alexandrine St., Midtown

The Atlanta-based Instagram sensation is coming to Detroit inside the Strathmore apartments building. The popular burrito-style sushi rolls and poke bowls are sure to attract a fun audience who will be familiar with the colorful off-menu items like donut or corn dog shaped sushi dishes. The freshness of the menu should be a great addition to the bevy of Midtown offerings.

Detroit Beer Exchange (Fall 2019)

1258 Washington Blvd., Downtown

The stock market inspired Kalamazoo Beer Exchange is bringing its unique supply-and-demand format to Detroit. With televisions around two bars, beer prices rise and fall based on popularity. Like the real stock market, there can also be “crashes” which brings the price down. The fluctuating beer prices make for a cool and interactive experience which will be a great new addition to the growing variety of beer offerings in the downtown area.

Rush Bowls (Fall 2019)

Healthy Bowls
2645 Woodward Ave., District Detroit

Featuring all-natural fruit blended to be thick and creamy, Rush Bowls are a national chain of smoothie bowls. Designed to be a complete meal-in-a-bowl, Rush Bowls have up to 40 grams of protein and as many as 5 servings of fruit and vegetables. The District Detroit location of Rush Bowls will be the first of five planned Michigan locations serving their wholesome, all-natural food with no artificial additives.

Baobob Fare (Fall 2019)

East African
6568 Woodward Ave., New Center

East African cuisine is making more and more of a splash in Detroit. Refugees from Burundi, Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere are a husband and wife team that plan to offer traditional East African cuisine and coffee, as well as a retail offering of African products, spices, and teas. The 65-seat location will also feature plenty of vegan options.

Brewery Faisan (Fall 2019)



Soon to be located in a historic brew center of the city, Brewery Faisan will be serving Belgian-inspired beers. Events will be planned in the space, and it sounds like food trucks might also make appearances.

Chroma (Fall 2019)

Coworking Space and Food Hall
2937 E. Grand Blvd., Milwaukee Junction

Inside of a 95,000 square foot building there is plenty of space to make ideas happen. Chroma is set to become one of Detroit’s largest food hall offerings with 14,000 square feet and two floors dedicated to 14 slots for restaurant owners. The food hall experience is still new to the city, and Chroma is set to be the largest, owned by the Florida-based Grandview Public Market. In addition to the indoor/outdoor mix, the building will have available retail, office, and co-working space in this changing neighborhood on the edge of the New Center Area.

Union Joints (Winter 2020)

Classic American

Coming to the Little Caesars headquarters downtown is a Clarkston-based, Union Joints restaurant that is still unnamed. With 14,000-square-feet to stretch out in, the restaurant will serve American fare with comfort food that has a twist. The restaurant will feature two floors and a mezzanine level and is sure to make the new Little Caesars headquarters, with its unique pizza shaped windows, more than an office building, but a new iconic destination.

Unnamed Mexican Concept (Summer 2020)

Casual Mexican
3363 Michigan Ave., Southwest

Chef George Azal of the popular Flowers of Vietnam is opening a restaurant marking an expansion beyond Corktown and just shy of Southwest Detroit.  The underdeveloped strip of Michigan Ave., where the concept is planned, will likely make for a major comeback as the new Ford Motor Company Corktown facility opens. The 3,200 square foot restaurant will feature seating for 80 and offering flavors of underrepresented Mexican towns like Oaxaca–land of mole.

Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles Midtown (Spring 2020)

Fried Chicken
3439 Woodward Ave., Midtown

The popular west side eatery will open its second location in the newly-renovated mixed-use development, The Woodward @ Midtown. The second location promises to have a larger kitchen and more seating than the original location. It will still feature the restaurant’s signature red velvet waffles and tasty chicken.

Tenacity Brewing (2019 TBD)

Coffee and Taproom
Virginia Park

Flint-based coffee and beer brewer has come to Detroit’s Virginia Park neighborhood. This quiet, historic neighborhood is a great fit for this 2000-square-foot space that will also feature a community meeting space. The limited food menu will also include locally-sourced baked goods and small bites. With craft beer brewed on site, coffee beans from a small family farm, and trivia nights and yoga classes, Tenacity is poised to be more than just another brewer, but a part of the neighborhood.

Batch Brewing Co.’s “Funk Room” (2019 TBD)

Beer and Event Space
2841 East Grand Blvd., North End

Through acquiring their new 5,000 square-foot second location, Batch Brewing is able to expand their brewing capacity and explore brewing more fermented brews and ciders. Batch Brewing plans to use their new taproom for unique events and tastings. Try the coffee sour that is a collaboration with Anthology Coffee.

Motor City Brewing Works (2019 TBD)

Craft Beer & Italian
19350 Livernois Ave., Avenue of Fashion

The former owner of Angelina Italian Bistro has partnered with Motor City Brewing Works to handle the menu at their new Avenue of Fashion location. This is the brewery’s second location and will focus on serving food rather than making beer onsite. We only hope some of the Italian classics that Angelina featured will make the new menu.

Barcade (2019 TBD)

666 Selden St., Midtown

Combining old-school arcade gaming with craft beer, Barcade is bringing its Williamsburg, Brooklyn steeze to Detroit. The location at 666 Selden will be one of the chain’s largest, with more pinball machines than any of their other locations. A passion project of partners Greg Lobdell and Jon Carlson, the Midwest’s Barcade will house all the joys of artisan comfort foods we love here in Michigan, but also partner with local farmers to cater specialty batched wine and spirits for the restaurant. Their brewery program will place an emphasis on women and minority groups as well. The goal is to represent Michigan, and spread love–after all, it’s the Brooklyn way.

Gratiot Avenue Provisions (2019 TBD)

1528 Gratiot Ave., Eastern Market

Located inside what was formerly the Detroit Candy building, Gratiot Avenue Provisions will be a charcuterie-centered restaurant focused on serving their own line of cured meats. The restaurant will offer dinner, brunch, and to-go items. Gratiot Avenue Provisions will also serve craft beers and will have a basement wine cellar. The business also currently sells charcuterie materials in Shed 2 in Eastern Market.

Paradise Café + Juice Bar (2019 TBD)

Avenue of Fashion

Coming soon to the flourishing Livernois-area Avenue of Fashion, Paradise Café is a Caribbean-influenced vegan restaurant. The Jamaican Jerk BBQ Burger is a black-eyed pea patty covered in a jerk barbecue sauce. Owner Nezaa Bandele hooked fans on her food through her pop-up shops, her vegan lasagna with sunflower seed cheese is sure to be a new neighborhood favorite.

Simply Breakfast (2019 TBD)

Breakfast Fare
7526 W. McNichols Rd., Northwest Detroit

With made from scratch breakfast food, Simply Breakfast is sure to become a staple of Detroit’s Northwest side. Owner Ken Brown was a recipient of a Motor City Match grant which helped bring his dream to reality. The restaurant will also serve food with heart and of its 50-person staff, they will employ at least 15 formerly incarcerated returning citizens.

Jamaican Pot (2019 TBD)

3031 W Grand Blvd., New Center

With a loyal following drawn to the traditional Caribbean flavors at their small carry out restaurant on West 8 Mile Rd., the owners of Jamaican Pot are expanding to a second location. Mama Rose Forrest and husband Bruce Cunningham will still be offering the delicious dishes they are known for like their jerk chicken and stewed cabbage, this time in a larger eat-in location near the city center.

Unnamed Mediterranean Concept (2019 TBD)

6535 Woodward Ave., New Center

Bringing the flavors of Europe, Greece, and the Middle East to the New Center area, the owners of the beloved Selden Standard are preparing to open their yet-unnamed new offering. Featuring extraordinary design that includes 40-foot-high ceilings, the new restaurant will showcase world flavors and a tasting menu.

Pokē Pokē (2019 TBD)


Traditional sushi rolls are unwrapped in poke bowls. Try one of the eight signature bowls or choose from rice or spring mix, protein, veggies and sauce to make a tasty and nutritious-packed meal option. With a love and passion for interesting food, the owners of Pokē Pokē have put their spin on this traditional Hawaiian dish with the highest quality raw fish in a cool, yet casual environment.

Gathering Coffee Company (2019 TBD)

2831 E. Grand Blvd., North End

Incorporating art and coffee into one space, Gathering is a 2,500 square foot space that will feature a community darkroom for developing film as well as a rotating display of art photos. Owner Emily Steffen envisions a hub that will engage the surrounding neighborhood over coffee and small bites provided by Poppie’s. Gathering aims to be a part of the community by offering a small pay-what-you-can menu and Populace Coffee and syrups.

Good Cakes and Bakes (2019 TBD)

New Center Area

One of the most beloved new bakeries in the city has made a name for themselves on the Avenue of Fashion by using only fresh, organic ingredients and sourcing locally when possible. The result is a quality baked good that is also a benefit to the community. The new location is the latest addition to the growing New Center Area food scene bringing tasty favorites like Strawberry Crunch and Chocolate Salted Caramel to midtown. With fantastic catering options, Good Cakes and Bakes new location will be the perfect pick-me-up for late afternoon meetings.

Buddy’s Pizza (2019 TBD)

1565 Broadway St., Downtown

The iconic Detroit-style pizza is opening a downtown location. Since 1946, Buddy’s has been serving Detroiters pizza, appetizers, as well as tasty Minestrone soup. While it’s one of many pizza options in the area, visitors to the stadium area will make for a great crowd to enjoy a slice on their way to and from a game.

Unnamed Korean Bar and Sushi Counter (2019 TBD)

Southwest Detroit

The Korean phrase “sul jip” translates to “alcohol house”, a casual pub-style bar with small bites and cocktails. The ground floor of the southwest Detroit location will feature traditional Korean dishes like gimbap, raw clams and oysters. The second-floor will be unique to Detroit with an exclusive 16-seat, reservation-only sushi bar served omakase-style. The concept is the brainchild of Dave Kwiatkowski–the owner of Corktown favorite, The Sugar House.

Toma Detroit (2019 TBD)

Tequila and Small Plates
1830 Michigan Ave., Corktown

Four friends and small business owners are teaming up open a restaurant that highlights their Latin heritage in Corktown. Toma will be one of the first bars in Metro Detroit that specializes in tequila and mezcal. Early reports are that Tequila Cabresto will be one of the primary spirits featured in the menu. Extensive research and development in Mexico insures that Toma will bring only the best tastes of tequila and mezcal to Detroit.

Magnet (Summer 2019)

Veggie-Centric American
4848 Grand River Ave., Core City

Magnet features a ‘vegetable-centric’ menu in the former Magnet Radiator Works building on Grand River. The 14-foot exposed ceilings and open kitchen are complimented by a park that owner Philip Kafka is developing on the neighboring property. Rotating daily specials or ‘indulgences’ will be added to the vegetable menu and will include pizza and burgers.

Poppies (2019 TBD)

1400 Van Dyke, West Village

A Polish-inspired bakery and restaurant, Poppie’s is owned and operated by Molly Mitchell. Her second venture, Poppies, will feature pierogi, pickles, and sausages as well as fresh breads and pastries with help from lead baker, Eggy Ding.

Unnamed Pizza Concept (2019 TBD)

6519 Woodward Ave., New Center

The owners of Supino are also taking the gamble on the viability opening up shop in New Center. With a focus on pizza of course, the restaurant is likely to be similar in taste to Supino’s. The restaurant will probably offer some pasta dishes and Italian wines and beers. With a limited happy hour menu of drinks and bites, the restaurant is sure to be a late lunch favorite with people working nearby.

Brown Iron Brewhouse (2019 TBD)

Brew Hall
Royal Oak

Brown Iron Brewhouse’s second location joins a new Wahlburger’s and New Order Coffee, alongside Meijer, as part of a Beaumont Health’s new Woodward Corners development near Thirteen Mile Rd. and Woodward. The large German-style outdoor brew hall will have over 60 beers on tap along side fan favorites like poutine and beer-can chicken.

Lone Goat (2019 TBD)

33 John R. St., Downtown

Element Hotels by Marriott are known for their luxurious and spacious rooms with kitchenettes as well as complimentary breakfast buffets. But for dinner, the Element Hotel in Detroit is set to serve up traditional Irish flavors at the Lone Goat. Dishes like boxty, Irish stew, and the classic corned beef and cabbage will be served up alongside pints of Guinness to make for a great dinner followed up by a good night’s sleep on a signature Marriott Heavenly Bed.

Three Cats and a Cook (2019 TBD)

Casual American

A Michigan-centric menu priced at under $20 is in the plans for veteran Detroit restaurateur Matt Prentice. After five years off the scene, Prentice has teamed up with lifestyle retailer, Mary Liz Curtin, for a restaurant/retail hybrid that aims to be casual fine dining and a purveyor of furniture, greeting cards, and more. Located inside the former Clawson theater, the retail concept will make even the furniture in the dining space available for sell meaning every visit will be a unique experience.


Can’t get enough of places to eat in Detroit? Here’s everything you need to know about Detroit restaurants.


Can’t get enough of places to eat in Detroit? Here’s everything you need to know about Detroit restaurants.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Anchor Bar Detroit
    450 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226
  2. 2
    150 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Catrina’s Taqueria
    23019 W. Outer Drive, Allen Park, MI 48101
  4. 4
    Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building
    33 John R St., Detroit, MI 48226
  5. 5
    1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
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    6529 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
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    Youngblood Vineyard
    61829 Ray Center Rd, Ray, MI 48096, USA
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    A.B.'s Amazing Ribs
    27310 Ford Rd, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127, USA
  9. 9
    2200 Scotten Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA
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    Balkan House
    3028 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212, USA
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    AWAKE Cafe
    4224 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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    6608 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Twp, MI 48301, USA
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    17810 Vernier Rd, Harper Woods, MI, USA
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    22812 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI, USA
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    12000 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI, USA
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    7636 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI, USA
  17. 17
    Table No. 2
    18925 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA
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    Holy Moly Donut Shop
    201 Eight Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48203, USA
  19. 19
    600 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    Bucharest Grill
    436 West Columbia Street, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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    UFO Factory & Laika Dog
    2110 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
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    4215 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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    8044 Kercheval Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA
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    Hazel, Ravines & Downtown
    34977 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009, USA
  25. 25
    Bikes & Coffee
    1521 Putnam St, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
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    3401 E Lafayette St, Detroit, MI, USA
  27. 27
    1428 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
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    231 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA
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    Motown Bistro & Oyster Bar
    2735 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
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    Lucky Detroit
    2000 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
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    3031 W Grand Blvd Suite 800, Detroit, MI 48202
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    4201 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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    11474 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212, USA
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    San Morello
    1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    Good Stuff Corktown
    1444 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
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    Cork and Gabel
    2415 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
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    Fort Street Galley
    160 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    Deluxx Fluxx
    225 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI, USA
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    110 Clifford St, Detroit, MI, USA
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    3411 Brush Street, Detroit, MI, USA
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    Second Best Bar
    42 Watson St, Detroit, MI, USA
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    1509 Broadway St, Detroit, MI, USA
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    Norma G's
    14700 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI, USA
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    Gran Castor
    2950 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI, USA
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    Urban Ramen
    4206 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA
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    Willis Show Bar
    4156 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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    SheWolf Pastificio & Bar
    438 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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    333 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    2547 Bagley Street, Detroit, MI, USA
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    Lucki's Cheesecakes
    5063 Trumbull Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA
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    1413 Farmer St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    2135 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
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    Destination 1905
    8130 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, USA
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    11601 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212, USA
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    The Brakeman
    22 John R St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    1445 Farmer St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  57. 57
    Magpie at Fort Street Galley
    160 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  58. 58
    Evening Bar
    1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    Mootz Pizzeria & Bar
    1230 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    Motor City Popcorn
    37700 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152, USA
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    The Library at The Detroit Club
    712 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    16801 Plymouth Rd, Detroit, MI 48227, USA
  63. 63
    Elephant Room at St. Andrew's Hall
    439 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    Zo's Good Burger
    2894 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
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    Mongers' Provisions
    4240 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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    Latido @ Joebar
    23839 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030, USA
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    Cata Vino Mercado and Wine Bar
    4130 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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    45 West Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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    5069 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48208, USA