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.
Peso Detroit (Spring 2019)
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 full bar and a craft cocktails. 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, banana pudding,
Madcap Coffee Company (Spring 2019)
1001 Woodward Ave., Downtown
Grand Rapids-based coffee company, Madcap is opening 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) will also serve vegan-friendly and gluten-free options and other fun, tasty pies. With its friendly take on the local “pizza joint,” White Star also features a menu of local craft beers and ciders.
Destination 1905 (Spring 2019)
8130 Kercheval Ave., West Village
Destination 1905 bills itself as a neighborhood bar with international flavor. Joining Detroit’s beloved West Village and sure to be a favorite, this bar also serves classics like mojitos and martinis. Check out their happy hour with complementary 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)
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)
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)
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 is 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Katsu Detroit (Winter 2019)
5069 Trumbull, Woodbridge
Featuring traditional Japanese charcoal-grilled meats, Katsu is fun and friendly communal eating in the traditional izakaya-style. The restaurant features a wall-sized grill for skewered meat and veggies as well as seating for up to 50.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
Avalon Café + Biscuit Bar (Spring 2018)
Pastries & Sandwiches
2998 W Grand Blvd., New Center
Fans of Avalon Café + Biscuit Bar say that it’s like “Cheers in a way that everybody knows your name.” Making great food with 100% organic flour, Avalon is dedicated to being more than a restaurant, but a community. The story of the founding, staffing, and management of Avalon Café + Biscuit Bar has made it a Detroit food fan favorite whose greatest aspiration is to be an inspiration.
Rocco’s Italian Deli (Spring 2018)
Sandwich Shop and Market
3267 Cass Ave., Cass Corridor, Midtown
With a bright and lofty feel, Rocco’s combines the idea for an old world Italian neighborhood deli with a modern-inspired feel. Offering sandwiches as well as meats and cheeses by the pound, Rocco’s serves delicious twists on Italian sandwich faves. Try Tio Freddo’s Got Serious Beef, a roast beef sandwich piled high and topped with provolone cheese and giardiniera.
Kiesling Bar (Spring 2018)
449 E. Milwaukee., Milwaukee Junction
Reviving a historic bar that had been sitting empty for nearly three decades is a historic feat. But, for Detroit-native Carlo Liburdi, it was a feat worth accomplishing. The simple drink offerings keep Kiesling feeling like a neighborhood bar. The food menu is even more simple with one item: grilled cheese.
Empire Kitchen and Cocktails (Spring 2018)
American Food and Spirits
3148 Woodward Ave., Brush Park
An approachable menu which features American cuisine with an emphasis on delicious side dishes, Empire Kitchen and Cocktails places heavy emphasis on the “cocktails.” The expertly mixed signature drinks and inviting atmosphere make Empire a great place to meet up.
Wahlburgers (Spring 2018)
21200 Penn St., Taylor
The brainchild of actor Mark Wahlberg and his brothers was the subject of a successful reality show and their entry to Detroit was supported by the actor who fell in love with the city while filming here. Reviewers love the onion rings and sweet potato tots, while their signature burger, “Our Burger,” is a new classic slathered in brother Paul’s signature sauce.
Lumen Detroit (Spring 2018)
American & Fusion
1903 Grand River Ave., Beacon Park
One of the more exciting new restaurant designs in the city, Lumen seats over 100 at walnut table tops surrounded by banquettes and a bar area in Beacon Park. The large sliding glass windows allow for a semi-outdoor feel. Try the Michigan Pork Chop with schnitzel, red cabbage, new potatoes and whole grain mustard.
La Noria Bistro (Spring 2018)
Mexican & Italian
5517 Michigan Ave., Mexicantown
Who knew that Italian and Mexican food go so well together? Chef Norberto Garita. His new casual alternative, La Noria is the sibling to his first restaurant, El Barzon. Serving tacos, pizza, sandwiches, and offering a full bar. Try the tequila paired with a tasty open-faced taco, many of which start out at only $2.50.
The Grille Room at the Detroit Club (Spring 2018)
712 Cass Ave., Downtown
For the first time, the Detroit Club has opened dining to the public. With a business casual dress code and a pricey, but tasty menu, The Grille Room is manned by Chef Kirk McKinney serving up delicious seafood and steaks. An enticing menu item is the Seafood Plateau, a loaded platter of shrimp, oysters, lobster, crab claw, with a tarragon aioli to share.
Lovers Only (Spring 2018)
Sandwiches & Burgers
34 Grand River Ave., Capitol Park
For purveyors of grass-fed, grain-finished, pasture-raised Michigan beef, Lovers Only offers up delicious burgers and sandwiches in Capitol Park. The popular, quirky restaurant features a cool interior that is a big part of its draw. But, it’s the amazing food that keeps fans coming back. Try the Classic Smash with its thin burger patty, the Impossible burger for vegetarians, and don’t forget one of the house made sodas.
Dos Los Tacos (Spring 2018)
10337 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck
Hamtramck is becoming a truly great option for quality food. Dos Los Tacos aims to provide quality flavor, the best tunes on their vintage stereo, and a smiling face behind every counter. Serving a refined selection of Mexican and South American cuisine, Dos Los Tacos has something to offer even the most discriminating palette. Try the house made carne asada with marinated skirt steak, crumbled cojita cheese, fresh cilantro, onions, radish and lime.
Folk (Spring 2018)
1701 Trumbull Ave., Suite B, Corktown
An artisanal café in Corktown, Folk specializes in seasonal, made-from-scratch comfort foods and healthful beverages that are inspired by the global and cultural backgrounds and travels of the owner-operators, Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes. An extension of The Farmer’s Hand, a gourmet grocery and takeout counter, Folk uses fresh ingredients to try on a small audience. Try delights like the Hashew Bowl with spiced beef and almonds, golden hummus and yogurt.
Doug’s Delight (Spring 2018)
24110 John R Rd., Hazel Park
Serving up what they call “bowling alley chic,” Doug’s Delight is a revival of the hot dog and ice cream shop that formerly stood in its place. True to its nostalgic feel, the shop features items served in white takeout boats and old school Solo cups. Try the savory Frito nachos followed by one of their signature cookie or brownie desserts.
Brome Modern Eatery + Balance Juice Bar (Spring 2018)
607 Shelby St. Suite 100, Financial District
Brome serves meat from organic cattle that are sourced from fully verified, independent ranchers. They pledge ingredients that are non-GMO certified. Their beliefs extend to their sustainable business practices that increase efficiency and reduce waste. With burgers, salads, fries, and shakes, food from Brome is guilt-free tasty food that helps you feel good too.
River Bistro (Spring 2018)
18456 Grand River Ave., Rosedale Park
River Bistro a restaurant inspired by low country, Caribbean, and African cuisine. Chef Max has curated a menu of love using recipes from his grandmother’s kitchen who’s had the privilege to cook for some of Motown’s favorite artists. Try the favorites like the Honey Lime Wings.
Asaysia (Spring 2018)
Wine & Shared Plates
1452 Brush St., Brush Park
When you visit Asaysia Plates to Share, you’ll be greeted with the history and style of Detroit in a way that’s not often seen around town. The concept is a true celebration of Motor City, featuring framed and autographed photos of famous Detroiters as well as murals highlighting the prowess of our industry by renowned artist Diego Rivera. All of this serves as the backdrop for an open kitchen serving scratch-made pizza and small plates meant to be shared.
Castalia (Spring 2018)
3980 2nd Ave., Suite E, Midtown
Fragrance store by day, and cocktail bar by night, Castalia serves craft cocktails based on Sfumato’s fragrances. Cocktails at Castalia are carefully paired with lovely scents, and even your napkin is lightly sprayed. The ambiance is beautiful with a polished bar and a lighting from local artisans.
Candy Bar (Spring 2018)
Bar & Light Snacks
The Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway St., Downtown
Serving up old Hollywood beauty inside the new Siren Hotel, the Candy Bar is a full pink velvet lounge. The highlight of Candy Bar is the exquisite 670-piece, disco-ball chandelier which hangs over the curved marble bar top. The bar features light snacks and custom, creative cocktails. Try the Bubble Rum featuring lemon sherbet, extra dry rum, bitters, and bubble gum syrup.
Populace Coffee (Spring 2018)
The Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway St., Downtown
There are no shortages of great offerings inside the new Siren Hotel. Populace Coffee is a Bay Area import bringing some of its Northern California flavor to Downtown Detroit. Populace Coffee is roasted in their Bay City roasting plant and shipped to the Motor City.
American Burger Bar (Spring 2018)
Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown
Located inside Greektown Casino, American Burger Bar is dishing up Detroit faves like Coney dogs, as well as hot, juicy burgers, and even vegan Impossible burgers. Located in Monroe Market, the new food hall inside the casino, this burger joint will also offer all-day breakfast sandwiches made with all-natural eggs and served on a glazed donut or warm brioche bun.
Basil Leaf (Spring 2018)
Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown
Basil Leaf is a rustic Italian eatery focused on made-to-order Neapolitan pizzas that combine international flavors with local ingredients. Each hand-tossed, thin-crust pizza will be baked and ready in under three minutes using a 7,000-pound, 900-degree stone oven.
Josephine Bakery (Spring 2018)
Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown
Josephine Bakery is a charming bake shop named after a team member who has worked at the casino for 17 years and embodies the progressive spirit of Detroit. This artisanal bakery will feature an assortment of tasty treats including croissants, macaroons, and pies in addition to freshly-churned Italian gelato, specialty coffee beverages and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.
Pit Boss (Spring 2018)
Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown
Housed in a sleek Airstream-style trailer, Pit Boss will offer classic barbecue favorites including pulled pork, chicken, brisket, ribs, and polish sausage. The uniquely-designed barbecue joint will also dish up flavorful sides including creamy coleslaw, potato salad, sweet cornbread muffins, and burnt end pit beans.
Southern Fry (Spring 2018)
Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown
Southern Fry is where Detroit meets the South. This comfort food spot will specialize in mouth-watering, crispy fried chicken and serve up soul food favorites such as collard greens, baked mac and cheese, biscuits with honey, and delicious sweet potato pie for desert.
Tia Loca (Spring 2018)
Monroe Market, 1510 St Antoine St., Greektown
Tia Loca, which translates to crazy aunt, will offer authentic Mexican street fare. Guests will be able to customize tacos, burritos, salads, and bowls or choose from one of the signature dishes, including carnitas tacos, fajita chicken salad and a spicy hellfire burrito. Tia Loca will also have plenty of sides such as house-fried chips, five fresh varieties of salsa that range from mild to spicy, cilantro lime white rice, brown rice, black beans and pinto beans.
Noodle Art (Spring 2018)
1510 St Antoine St., Greektown
Serving up traditional Japanese ramen with a Detroit twist in a glass-enclosed space that features pop-culture décor. Order the Tan Tan if you like spice. Reviewers love the flavorful broth, and the steak tataki appetizers are almost as popular as the mango mochi dessert.
Culantro (Spring 2018)
3249 Twelve Mile Rd., Berkley
Offering one of the first tastes of Peruvian cuisine in Metro Detroit, Culantro’s star is the rotisserie chicken. Named after the herb featured in many of the dishes, the restaurant is owned by Peruvian native, Betty Shuell. Try the lomo saltado, the traditional dish is made up of marinated beef tenderloin stir-fried with tomatoes and onions.
M Cantina (Spring 2018)
13214 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
One of metro Detroit’s finest new Mexican restaurants. With light and airy tortilla chips, and an array of salsas, the palette is delighted before the entrée is served. Reviewers love the duck carnitas tacos, shrimp tacos, and chicken tinga with a delightful veggie salad.
Grand Circus Diner (Spring 2019)
1570 Woodward Ave., Downtown
Opening right on Grand Circus Park, this circus-themed diner will serve comfort food like pasta, fried chicken, prime tenderloin meatballs and matzo ball soup. But one of the most unique options to Detroit will be Cincinnati-style chili (served over spaghetti noodles). Don’t knock it till you try it. There will also be unique vegetarian and vegan offerings like salads and a fried feta sandwich.
Yum Village (Winter 2019)
African and Caribbean
6500 Woodward Ave., New Center
Having evolved from a pop-up shop to a food truck, Yum Village is coming to the New Center Area in its first brick-and-mortar location. The focus of the restaurant will be quick, casual service with North African flavor and French undertones. Owner Godwin Ihentuge launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to open the space, contributors earned rewards like free meals and discounts. In addition to the New Center location, the food truck will still operate in West Village.
Good Times on the Avenue (Spring 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.
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.
Shields Pizza (Spring 2019)
5057 Woodward Ave., Midtown
A pioneer of “Detroit-style pizza,” Shields 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 will offer more appetizers and entrees. To be located across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts, the location will offer pick up service, as well as dine in. The midtown location will be able to serve the neighborhood with brunch and catering service as well.
Pinky’s Rooftop (Spring 2019)
100 S. Main St., Royal Oak
Bringing an eclectic, vintage vibe to Royal Oak (and a rooftop bar), Pinky’s is rumored to be decorated largely in the color it’s named after. The 90-seat restaurant will feature small plates, oysters, and craft cocktails as well as a gorgeous outdoor garden theme that is sure to be a major hit in the summer.
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.
Frenchie’s (Spring 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.
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 will have a cozy seating area. The menu will feature espresso beverages and light food fare.
Garden Flora (Spring 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.
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.
Batch Brewing Co.’s “Funk Room” (Spring 2019)
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.
Ochre Bakery (Spring 2019)
4884 Grand River Ave., Woodbridge
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 plans to offer 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.
Collect (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 potential for rooftop seating next spring. Collect will offer about 14 taps, as well as cider and kombucha. An exclusive collaboration beer with Ferndale’s Urbanrest Brewing Company is in the works.
Zingerman’s (Spring 2019)
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.
Barcade (Spring 2019)
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 (Spring 2019)
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.
Sahara Restaurant & Grill (Spring 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.
Brudders (Spring 2019)
2184 Iroquois Ave., Indian Village
Owned by a member of “a well-known rock band,” Brudders is serving up Italian cuisine including wood-fired pizza. Brudders will also offer up house made pasta and minestrone soup. Also sharing the “Kercheval 3” is Destination 1905, a new bar and Metropolis Cycles—a bike shop.
Paradise Café + Juice Bar (Spring 2019)
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 (Spring 2019)
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 (Spring 2019)
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.
Frita Batidos (Spring 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.
Sid’s Gold Request Room (Spring 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.
Motor City Brewing Works (Spring 2019)
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.
Unnamed Mediterranean Concept (Spring 2019)
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.
Plum Market Kitchen (Spring 2019)
Casual Dining and Market
500 Woodward Ave., Central Business District
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.
Pokē Pokē (Spring 2019)
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 (Spring 2019)
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.
Slyde (Spring 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.
Pink FlaminGO to Go (Spring 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.
Good Cakes and Bakes (Spring 2019)
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.
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 hopes to still have a neighborhood bar that elevates the shot-and-a-beer concept. Though it boasts no kitchen, Bagley Central hopes to attract pop-up chefs and will serve bar snacks alongside its custom cocktail menu.
Buddy’s Pizza (Spring 2019)
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.
Michigan & Trumbull (Spring 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.
Unnamed Korean Bar and Sushi Counter (Spring 2019)
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.
Pao Detroit (Spring 2019)
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 will feature 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 will also feature a full bar and craft cocktails.
Toma Detroit (Spring 2019)
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.
Karl’s (Summer 2019)
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.
Magnet (Summer 2019)
4848 Grand River Ave., Woodbridge
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 (Summer 2019)
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 (Summer 2019)
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 (Summer 2019)
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.
Condado Tacos (Summer 2019)
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.
Lone Goat (Summer 2019)
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.
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.
Pernoi (Summer 2019)
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.
Baobob Fare (Summer 2019)
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.
Three Cats and a Cook (Summer 2019)
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.
El Zocalo (Summer 2019)
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.
Poke Burri (Summer 2019)
The Atlanta sensation known for their pizza and doughnut shaped sushi is coming to Detroit. Serving overstuffed sushi burritos and other Instagrammable sushi delights, Poke Burri is hot and expanding to five new markets in the coming year, and Detroit is high on the list. Soon, we will be able to taste their Hawaiian and Filipino-inspired food and post it to our pages before stuffing our faces.
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.
Unnamed Mexican Concept (Summer 2020)
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 the mole.
Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles Midtown (Spring 2020)
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.
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