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Bert's Owner Hopes to Remain in Eastern Market Despite Foreclosure; Protesters Demonstrate at Atwater Block Brewery

Vital updates from Detroit's dining scene.

Bert's Marketplace.
Bert's Marketplace.
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.

CONTROVERSIES — Atwater Block Brewery was the site of a National Action Network protest Saturday. The group staged the demonstration to draw attention to the issue of Tangerine nightclub's closure. Tangerine's owner Darnell Small has been embroiled in a series of court battles with landlord Mark Reith of Atwater and Rivertown Holdings. Small contends that Reith is trying to bully him into breaking his rental agreement, so that Atwater can expand into the space. [Metro Times]

DEVELOPMENTS — Downtown Northville gained Wok Asian Bistro and a new Urge Juice location, with tapas restaurant Lucy & the Wolf due to open later this week. Center Street Grille, a gastro pub with outdoor seating is set to debut in July. [DBiz]

NEWS — Bert Dearing, owner of Eastern Market mainstay Bert's Marketplaceconfirms reports that the restaurant's property is facing auction. Dearing says a rough winter and open-heart surgery caused him to fall behind on his mortgage payments resulting in foreclosure. Dearing hopes to buy back the building but says he'll relocate if things don't go his way. The auction is slated for July with a minimum bid of $700,000. [Freep/Crain's]


237 Jos Campau, Detroit, MI (248) 212-6469

Bert's Market Place

2727 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207 313-567-2030

Atwater Brewery

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