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Southern-Style Bistro Swings Open in Ferndale; Pretzel Bell Revived in Ann Arbor

Five recent metro area openings to know about

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.

1) FERNDALE — A soul food-style restaurant Southern Belles' Bistro debuted earlier this month on Woodward Avenue near downtown Ferndale. Crain's reports that the 48-seat restaurant dishes up breakfast crepes, baked chicken, fish, and banana pudding. Status: Certified Open. 22939 Woodward Ave.

2) WYANDOTTE — Looking for a new riverfront dining option? The Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge recently debuted in Downriver in the former Pier 500 Lounge. According to The Detroit Free Press diners can expect oysters Rockefeller, shrimp-stuffed jalapenos, grilled salmon with lavender balsamic vinegar glaze, lake perch and more.   Status: Certified Open. 507 Biddle Ave.

3) CLAWSON — Atomic Chicken opened for carryout in Clawson last month, with creative takes on slider-style chicken sandwiches, chicken and waffles, biscuits, puddings, and more. Status: Certified Open. 331 N. Main St.

4) ANN ARBOR — Shuttered Ann Arbor eatery Pretzel Bell has been revived by a group of U-M alumni. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant seats 110 patrons in the dining room with 100 additional seats in the basement bar. Diners can expect dishes like "meat & potatoes" (crispy potato tots, shredded cabernet short rib, beef gravy, Danish blue cheese, and roasted parsnips), grilled flatiron steak, pickle brined fried chicken sandwiches, and more. Status: Certified Open. 226 S. Main St.

5) DOWNTOWN DETROIT —pop-up style restaurant catering service launched in the Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building on Tuesday. The restaurant operates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the building with service from a rotating selection of restaurants including Woodpile BBQ Shack, Atomic Chicken, Noodles & Company, Piada Italian Street Food, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine, and more. Status: Soft Open. 477 Michigan Ave.