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Mabel Gray Will Temporarily Transform Into a Taqueria

Plus, Grey Ghost unveils late-night menu options

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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.

SWITCHEROOS — Say so long to Mabel Gray as you know it — at least temporarily. From September 6 through September 24 chef James Rigato will hand over the reigns to chef Omar Ramirez and pop-up, “Spanglish: A Temporary Taqueria.” Rigato will in turn be leaving town for a pop-up in Italy aside Bacco Ristorante’s Luciano del Signore. Ramirez, who hails from Leon, Guanajuato in Mexico, previously showed off his taco skills at The Root. Check out the full takeover menu below. [EaterWire]

Chips and Salsa. Mild, spicy & avocado salsas. $5

Taco al Pastor. Michigan pork shoulder, chipotle, pina. $3/each

Sope. Chipotle stewed Michigan black bean, queso fresco, avocado salsa and sunny duck egg. $5/each

Crab Tostada. Lump crab, avocado mousse, radicchio, pickled onion, pink grapefruit and sunflower seed. $18

Cocktail de Camarones. Poached Michigan farm shrimp, pico de gallo, sweet tomato salsa and fried tortillas. $12

Ceviche. Hamachi, lime, onion, jalapeno, cucumber and fried tortillas. $18

Tamales. Laughing Bird Caribbean shrimp, banana leaf, cucumber salsa, charred peppers and cilantro. $8/each

Octopus a la Plancha. Mole verde, radish, pepita and crema. $16

Grilled Quail. Mole poblano, arroz, fried banana, marinated onions and sesame. $20

Barbacoa Torta. Red chile braised MI beef, house torta bread, lettuce, onion, tomato, avocado and house mayo. $11

Posole. All natural Michigan pork, hominy, cabbage, pasilla, cilantro and radish. $8

Elote. Grilled Michigan sweet corn, house mayo, pecorino, lime and chile. $2.50/each

Bombita. Jicama, lime, cayenne, cucumber and queso. $5

VITAL UPDATES — Brush Park newcomer Grey Ghost is already stepping up service. The eatery labeled “promising” this week by critic Molly Abraham is launching a new late-night menu featuring bar bites like cheddar corn dogs, chicken wings, and salt and vinegar pork rinds. [Twitter/Detroit News]

CAFFEINE NATION — A Detroit-area startup Gayo Kopi is launching a line of specialty coffee. Unlike your standard cup of joe, the pricey beans first travel through the guts of Asian palm civets known as luwaks. While many bean producers collect the civets in cages, these bean digesters are certified-free range. [DBiz]

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29410 Northwestern Highway, , MI 48034 (248) 356-6600 Visit Website

Grey Ghost

47 E Watson Street, , MI 48201 (313) 262-6534 Visit Website

Mabel Gray

23825 John R Road, , MI 48030 (248) 398-4300 Visit Website