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Pontiac Pop-Up Venue Moving to Bigger Digs

The Menagerie Kitchen is temporarily shuttered while it plots expansion

The Menagerie.
The Menagerie.
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.

Just over a year after launching The Menagerie Kitchen in downtown Pontiac, owners April and James Forbes have temporarily shuttered the pop-up venue and community kitchen. The couple announced the move in mid-September via social media, confirming that The Menagerie would return in a new, larger location approximately three blocks from the original space on Saginaw Street.

“The opportunity to expand has been given to us at the right time and things have aligned in a way that made us have to make this move sooner than expected,” the couple writes, adding that closing The Menagerie temporarily would provide the pair time to focus on completing inspections of the new space. Reached for comment, the couple declined to provide specifics on the location of the new restaurant. However, the Forbeses tell Eater the expansion will seat around 80 diners, and feature regular lunch and dinner services, a full bar, live music, and an events space for private parties. The pair also plan to continue hosting pop-up events and weekend brunch. Stay tuned for more updates.

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