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What's In Store for Lafayette Park's Proposed Busy Bee Food Hall?

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Everything we know so far about Detroit's proposed food hall.

The proposed location for Busy Bee Food Hall.
The proposed location for Busy Bee Food Hall.
Brenna Houck
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Lafayette Park's imminent food hall project is headed to the city for approvals and now has a name thanks to an anonymous tipster who shared photos of a flyer advertising the space. According to the sheet, Busy Bee Food Hall is a joint project with development firm Town Partners and the Eastern Market Corporation. The building, located near the intersection of Russell Street and Gratiot, is proposed as a venue for approximately 12 restaurants and food vendors as well as a "flexible meeting and event space." The flyer draws comparisons to the West Side Market in Cleveland. Unfortunately, it doesn't provide an estimated timeline.

Eater reached out to Busy Bee, but the team declined to comment on its ongoing project. Here's how Busy Bee plans to utilize the 20,000-square-foot building according to the fact sheet:

  • 2 Full-Sized Restaurants: The plan calls for two full-sized restaurants occupying between 3,500 and 4,500-square-feet of space. Each concept will have its own kitchen, ventilation system, and private dining room. Rent is estimated at $4,500-6,000 per month plus a percentage of sales.
  • 10 Food Stalls: The building design will accommodate multiple food stalls ranging between 50 and 500-square-feet with access to the facility's kitchen space for food prep. Customers will dine in the communal area. Rents for these stalls are estimated at $500-1,500 per month plus a percentage of sales.
  • 2,600-square-foot will go to a banquet hall with a 160-person capacity
  • 1,800-square-foot is earmarked for a pre-function event space with a 60-person capacity
  • A 1,300-square-foot rooftop patio with a 50-person occupancy
  • Between 800 and 1,500-square-feet of private conference rooms and offices
  • A full-service bar
  • A shared food prep facility
  • A 3,000-square-foot communal dining area

Food halls are taking hold across the country and the trend appears to be catching on strong in Detroit, where pop-up ventures seem ripe for transfer to food stall concepts. In August, a separate group unveiled plans for a shipping container food hall called Detroit ShipYard. That company is targeting the Midtown area for a 2016 opening.

Update, 10/14, 12:22 p.m.: Image of the fact sheet removed at the request of the owner.

Busy Bee Food Hall

1366 Service St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA