Welcome to The Shutter, a continually updated list of Detroit and metro Detroit’s restaurant closures.
BIRMINGHAM — Another Zack Sklar restaurant has come and gone from Birmingham. Au Cochon, Peas & Carrots Hospitality Group’s French-American eatery has shuttered just a little over a year after opening in the Palladium 12 area. It’s sister restaurant, Arthur Avenue closed quietly over the summer. Despite the abrupt closures of two relatively young projects, Sklar is continuing to grow his restaurant portfolio. The restaurateur’s Mex concept is expanding to a second location in Auburn Hills. [Detroit News]
ANN ARBOR — The second incarnation of Eve Aronoff’s finer dining eatery eve the restaurant sadly won’t be returning in its Bell Tower Hotel space. The restaurant concept which returned from retirement in December 2015, has been closed since mid-September due to major flood damage. Initially, Aronoff expressed hope that the restaurant would reopen in a few weeks. However, on Thursday the restaurant announced to fans that it would be closed indefinitely as the owner searches for a new location.
Aronoff is also the owner of Frita Batidos, a Cuban-style burger restaurant. That spot continues to operate as normal and, if we’re lucky, could eventually find a second home in Detroit. [Facebook]
WEST VILLAGE — The Villages on Detroit’s east side may have to travel a bit farther are snacks now. After two years, Parker Street Market has thrown in the towel. Owner David Kirby expanded more on the closure to Crain’s, explaining that when his plans to expand to Midtown fell through he sought out “bigger players” with more expertise. That deal failed to come to fruition on Thursday and Kirby decided to close up the shop. [EaterWire/Crain’s]
CORKTOWN — After five years on Bagley, St. CeCe’s will vacate its current residence in Corktown next month. The restaurant and bar has sold to an unknown buyer. Owner Celeste Belanger declined to comment specifically about her reasons for selling but expressed interest in bringing CeCe’s back in a different location. The restaurant will host lots of pop-ups as it winds down service over the next few weeks. [EaterWire]
CANTON — Fair wage-touting burger restaurant Moo Cluck Moo shuttered its Canton location this month and isn’t offering a $15 starting minimum wage anymore. In an interview, company president Harry Moorhouse says the outpost shuttered after Moo Cluck Moo failed to agree on the terms of a new lease. The mini chain plans to focus on launching food trucks and expanding its catering business. Employees now receive a starting wage of $12 (still substantially higher than Michigan’s minimum) with the possibility of increases up to $16. The owners may also launch a new beer concept, Moo Cluck Brew. [Hometown Life]
CORKTOWN — There are fewer sandwiches on Michigan Avenue. Rubbed quietly closed its doors after two years in the neighborhood. The restaurant had undergone a few attempted revamps in its short existence including adding in a market space and introducing a steakhouse-style dinner service. Over the summer the eatery added a small patio. According to an the shop’s answering machine, Rubbed has returned to its roots and is accepting orders for catering only. Owner Jason Frenkel recently acquired the former Goodwells space for the launch of an expanded iteration of Alley Taco. [Freep]
GREEKTOWN — A short-lived Greek-style bakery and gelato shop, Krema shuttered last month without much fanfare. Owner Tasso Teftsis, who also operates Astoria Pastry Shop and Red Smoke Barbeque Restaurant on Monroe Avenue is exploring other non-food alternatives to reactivate the space. [EaterWire]
CORKTOWN — With 30 years under its belt, Casey’s Pub bid adieu to Corktown in October. The favorite haunt for firefighters and burger lovers will be replaced by a non-traditional taco (filled with fried chicken, vegetarian options, etc.) spot that will maintain its sports bar roots. The new name is still under development. [EaterWire]
BIRMINGHAM — Chef Zack Sklar’s ode to old-school New York Italian restaurants Arthur Avenue quietly closed its doors in September. The restaurant was one of two sister concepts that Peas & Carrots Hospitality launched in the old Chen Chow Brasserie space last fall (the other, Au Cochon is still alive and kickin’).
The restaurant was rumored to be reconcepting this summer, though representatives for the group declined to confirm any details. Eater reached out to Peas & Carrots and has yet to receive a response. In a brief statement to Downtown Publications, Sklar says he has “no idea” what will land in the space next. [Downtown Publications]
GRANDMONT ROSEDALE — Sad news from Always Brewing Detroit. Owner Amanda Brewington has announced that she is closing the doors of her charming three-year-old cafe at 3 p.m. on November 1.
In a statement shared on Facebook, Brewington writes that while development is coming to the neighborhood, “it is not happening at a fast enough pace for me to continue as sole proprietor.” Brewington, who writes that she’s been holding down several jobs in order to operate the cafe, says she has a few interested parties who she hopes might take over, but nothing firm. Eater has reached out for more information. [Facebook]
Update, 10/11, 6:49 p.m.: Reached by Eater, Always Brewing founder Amanda Brewington says the cafe is in negotiations with a possible new owner. She’s hopeful that the details will be worked out quickly so the shop won’t have to close or will close only briefly during the transition. “The dream for me is that somebody takes over and keeps it similar to the way it is,” she says.
As for the Motor City Match grant Brewington received to expand the shop, she adds that it might still be on the table for the next owner if they decide to take the cafe in that direction (i.e. adding a kitchen). In the meantime, Brewington says she’s looking forward to taking a well-deserved break after four years (one as a pop-up and three as a brick-and-mortar).
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