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The Handle Bar is Poised to Bring Pedal Pubs Downtown; Dine Drink Detroit Preps for Launch

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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.

BEER HERE — A new pedal pub venture, The Handle Bar, is set to debut October 2 in downtown Detroit and Royal Oak, taking full advantage of the updated regulations allowing beer and wine consumption on the cycle-powered vehicles. Unlike Royal Oak's forthcoming Michigan Pedaler pub, The Handle Bar allows customers to bring booze onboard. The pub also features a designated pedaler. Reserve the 16-person pub for two hours Friday through Saturday for $400 or for $300 Sunday through Thursday. [Metro Times]

LAWSUITS — HopCat owner Mark Sellers has filed a $12.5 million lawsuit against a Florida business man named George Wight Jr. for allegedly backing out of a deal to purchase a majority stake in the company that owns the Titanic shipwreck's salvage rights. [MLive]

DISASTER REPORT — The Cheesecake Factory in Novi's Twelve Oaks Mall will reopen later today following a small fire at 5:30 a.m. this morning. "The problem was with a small gas line in the kitchen, which failed," said Sheryl Walsh, director of communications. "Workers had previously turned off the exhaust system in the kitchen in order to do maintenance. The morning crew was unaware of the shutdown and turned on the burners on the kitchen range." [Detroit News]

EVENTWIRE — Tickets are now on sale for the Dine Drink Detroit launch party featuring El Guapo and Stockyard food trucks. The event will be hosted at Gabriel Richard Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Riverfront Conservancy. The 10-day event will kick-off on October 1 and features many of Detroit's tastier dining establishments including Colors, Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Mudgie's Deli, Rock City Eatery, and more. [EaterWire]

CH-CH-CHANGES — Royal Oak wine bar Vinotecca's chef Robert Young recently unveiled a new menu of shareables like stuffed avocado with herbed goat cheese, braised short rib sliders on corn bread muffins, and pizzas. [EaterWire]


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