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The Most Anticipated Detroit Restaurants and Bars, Spring 2016

All the essential details on 10 of Detroit's biggest coming attractions

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.

The first quarter of the year was a classic opening season in Detroit — cold and slow with more closings than openings. Fortunately, with the weather beginning to break many restaurants in the city are picking up the pace with buildouts and putting the finishing touches on long-awaited concepts. Both Katoi and The Peterboro will finally swing open in March and at long last Dilla's Delights is going brick-and-mortar in Harmonie Park. Here are 10 coming attractions to look forward to in the second quarter of 2016.


Atomic Chicken

[Photo: Brenna Houck]

Location: 6500 Woodward Ave

Major Players: Matthew Baldridge, Janna Coumoundouros, additional silent partners

The Situation: From the team behind Dinner Club Pop-Up and forthcoming Ferndale restaurant The Conserva, Atomic Chicken is a chef-driven, fast-casual soul food concept serving chicken & waffles and chicken & biscuits. Located inside a former Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen in New Center, the restaurant will have a liquor license and an online ordering app.

Projected Opening: Spring 2016

The Peterboro

[Photo: Brenna Houck]

Location: 420 Peterboro Street, Detroit

Major Players: Chuck Inchaustegui, Marc Djozlija, Dave Kwiatkowski, Brion Wong

The Situation: Chinese-American eatery, The Peterboro, is one of 2016's most anticipated openings coming from the team behind Wright & Co., Cafe 78, and The Sugar House. Located in the former Chinatown area of Cass Corridor, Chef de Cuisine Brion Wong (formerly of Antietamplans to serve classic Detroit Chinese-American recipes like boneless almond chicken, as well as crab Rangoon, salt and pepper shrimp, and roast pork. Diners can expect cocktails, microbrews, and "rustic" industrial decor with a concrete bar, communal tables, wraparound banquettes, and eventually a patio.

Projected Opening: Imminent (Week of March 14)


[Photo: Brenna Houck]

Location: 2520 Michigan Avenue

Major Players: Brad Greenhill, Courtney Henriette, Philip Kafka

The Situation: Poised to begin friends & family soft openings on March 10, the Katoi team can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The restaurant is divided into three sections with the bar and standing room area in the front, serving cocktails and a late-night menu. The center dining room boasts distressed walls, low-slung booths with colorful printed fabric, and a center area where diners can leave offerings for kitchen staff. A large open kitchen overlooks the whole space. Diners can expect a menu with Thai-inspired shareable dishes that are about 50 percent vegetarian.

Projected Opening: Opens to the public March 21

Dilla's Delights

[Photo: Brenna Houck]

Location: 242 John R Street

Major Players: Herman Hayes, Mike Vanover

The Situation: The late hip hop artist J Dilla is the inspiration for this Detroit doughnut business. Herman Hayes (aka Uncle Herm) has developed a strong following with wholesale doughnuts and plans to go brick-and-mortar in The Ashley Building this spring. Expect decor inspired by Hayes' nephew, limited seating, coffee, and plenty of delicious, organic doughnuts. Hayes' partner Mike Vanover tells Eater the doughnut shop is in the final stages of decorating/buildout and receiving inspections.

Projected Opening: Late March/April

The Park Bar's Hawaiian Concept

[Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard]

Location: 2040 Park Ave

Major Players: Jerry Belanger, Adam Verville

The Situation: Replacing downtown favorite Bucharest Grill, Jerry Belanger and former St. CeCe's chef Adam Verville are revamping the small Park Bar kitchen for a Hawaiian-inspired dining concept. The menu will offer loco moco, manapuas (pork-filled steamed dumplings), Spam musubi, and more. The project is expected to debut in time for Tigers Opening Day.

Projected Opening: Early April

Grey Ghost

[Photo: Grey Ghost/Facebook]

Location: Brush Park (Location announcement in one week)

Major Players: John Vermiglio, Josef Giacomino, David Vermiglio, Will Lee

The Situation: Culinary duo John Vermiglio and Josef Giacomino departed from Chicago's Matthias Merges restaurant group in November to open a meat-centric concept in Detroit's Brush Park area. While the team hasn't yet revealed the exact location of the project, they've been teasing Grey Ghost in a series of pop-ups — each centered around a specific type of meat or poultry. The restaurant is also expected to offer a full bar with a cocktail program designed by Selden Standard's Will Lee.

Projected Opening: Spring 2016

Brix Wine Bar

Michelle and Chris Gerard

[Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard]

Location: 7981 Kercheval Ave

Major Players: Mikiah Westbrooks

The Situation: Located in a rehabbed West Village bank building, Brix is bring a wine bar and bottle shop to the neighborhood with tastings, charcuterie, and retail. The name refers to the amount of sugar in wine grapes prior to processing. Brix will feature a chef's table and additional seating near the bank's old drive-thru service window.

Projected Opening: Spring 2016

The Skip

[Photo: Brenna Houck]

Location: 1301 Broadway Street

Major Players: Brendon Edwards, Joe Robinson, David Goldman, Anthony Curis

The Situation: Work has resumed on the more casual half of the Belt Alley's bar projects. Sharing the same liquor license and team as Standby, the Skip is located in an open-air alcove previously used for garbage cans. The space features art by controversial street artist Shepard Fairey and received a fresh coat of paint on March 7. When complete, the bar will seat between 50 and 60 customers and operate on a seasonal basis. "It's going to be super laid back, low-brow, frozen drinks, frozen negronis, daiquiris, buckets of beer, a few simple cocktails," bartender Joe Robinson told Eater in August.

Projected Opening: Early Spring

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

[Photo: Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago]

Location: 3rd Ave & W Alexandrine St

Major Players: Schmaltz Hospitality (Zack Sklar)

The Situation: Bloomfield-based restaurateur Zack Sklar recently acquired franchise rights to 60-year old Memphis icon Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. Critics in Chicago raved about the chicken at Sklar's first Gus's location in Chicago, which opened last year. The 3,000-square-foot Cass Corridor restaurant will feature all the classic menu items as well as a full bar with cocktails, beer, wine. Gus's was supposed to break ground in February; however, there hasn't been much movement yet on site.

Projected Opening: Late-May/June

Bucharest Grill — Livernois

Bucharest on Livernois. Brenna Houck

[Photo: Brenna Houck]

Location: 19492 Livernois Ave

Major Players: Bogdan Tarasov

The Situation: The Avenue of Fashion is about to get its own Bucharest outpost the spring. Owner Bogdan Tarasov confirmed the location in November following much online speculation. Like the mini chain's three other restaurants, Bucharest will serve casual carryout options like chicken shawarma and falafel, as well as hot dogs, salads, and more. With the East Jefferson location now operational, fans can expect more time devoted to getting this satellite restaurant up and running.

Projected Opening: Spring 2016


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Other Coming Attractions

Ladder House No. 12Sushi Ono, 2941 Street Food—MidtownBusy Bee Food HallNorma G's Brick and MortarThe Royce DetroitBeyond JuiceKuroSocial SushiUnnamed Projects Ye Old Butcher ShoppeUnnamed Biegas Gallery Building ProjectPossible Michigan Building ProjectWindmill Pointe BrewingChene Street GrocersWurlitzer BarOpus One Building Restaurant or BreweryAretha Franklin Project,  Guardian Building Restaurant SpaceDetroit ShipYardBrewster Wheeler Rec Center Restaurant, Grand Cirque BrasserieGeiger Eat ShopGabriel HallSlyde, Woodbridge Bikes and CoffeeUnnamed Detroit Optimists Society Bar in Capitol ParkUnnamed Cafe by ShinolaChubby DuckUnnamed Project by TillShag Bar and Possible Sandwich ShopCaucus Club

Ferndale Tracking: Black Owl CommuneNeighborhood Brewing Co.Daily Dinette, Pop's For Italian, Southern Belle, The Conserva Ferndale

Royal Oak Tracking: New Project by Bistro 82 Owner

Pontiac: Fillmore 13 Brewery

Ann Arbor Tracking: Diamond Jim Brady'sNew Concept by Mani Osteria Owner

Oak Park: 8MK Project

Allen Park: Griff's Pub

Big Moves

Rock City Eatery

Bon Bon Bon

Dilla's Delights

242 John R Street, , MI 48226 (313) 346-3771 Visit Website

Bucharest Grill

2684 East Jefferson Avenue, , MI 48207 (313) 965-3111 Visit Website

The Peterboro

420 Peterboro Street, , MI 48201 (313) 833-1111 Visit Website

Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique

7968 Kercheval Avenue, , MI 48214 (313) 267-4006 Visit Website

Atomic Chicken

6500 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48202 (313) 782-4803 Visit Website


2520 Michigan Avenue, , MI 48216 (313) 855-2864 Visit Website


1301 Broadway Street, Detroit, MI 48226 Visit Website

Park Bar

2040 Park Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 962-2933