CHEF SHUFFLES — Eater 38 member Bacco Ristorante is calling back a onetime heavy-hitter to its team. Chef Anthony Lombardo has trekked back to Southeast Michigan from a six-year stint in Washington, D.C. to become executive chef of the fine dining Italian establishment. [Freep/Eater DC]
BOOZE NEWS — Local bartender Chas Williams of The Oakland is collaborating with Detroit City Distillery in Eastern Market on a new locally distilled spirit — Shopkeeper’s Gin — which features grapefruit, juniper, coriander, orris root, and cinnamon. Williams, who won last year’s inaugural Ginsmith competition at DCD, will join the panel of judges for the 2016 competition when it kicks off on August 29.
DEVELOPMENTS — Grosse Pointe Park-based nonprofit Wolverine Human Services is getting into cider business. The group has submitted a request to the City of Detroit for the purchase of Core Orchards with the intent of breaking ground in September. The project would include a cider mill and community garden plots near Vernor and Charlevoix. [Crain’s]
BEER HERE — Stroh’s old-is-new again Detroit-brewed Bohemian-style pilsner hit store shelves on Monday. [EaterWire]
MENU PORN — Because images are worth a thousand words or something like that emoji menus are apparently becoming a thing. [Eater]
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