After more than a year without a permanent home, Detroit-based breakfast restaurant Le Petit Dejeuner is gearing up to reopen in Islandview this fall. Owner Tina Motley tells Eater she’s completed renovations on the building previously occupied by The Bridge and is in the process of training staff for a relaunch.
Motley originally opened her small, casual breakfast establishment in Brush Park in May 2015 and the eatery quickly became a popular spot. However, Dejeuner was eventually forced to vacate the space due to a conflict with the landlord. Motley had alleged that the tried to evict Dejeuner after property values in the neighborhood increased, believing they could charge higher rents for the building. A vegan coney island is now slated to open in that spot.
Following the unexpected closure, Motley’s restaurant found a temporary home in the TV Lounge on Grand River Avenue. Although working out of the TV Lounge had its perks — including being able to offer brunch cocktails — Motley continued searching for a new location that was better suited to meet customers’ demands for more private events.
Motley began renovating her new restaurant at 6470 East Jefferson Avenue last winter. She began hosting private events on the weekends this summer with some limited service for walk-ins.
When it officially opens in the next few weeks, the new restaurant will be more than twice as large as her original location at roughly 80 seats.
Diners can expect an identical menu to the one Le Petit Dejeuner served in the past with items like caramelized banana french toast, sweet and savory crepes, and omelets. “We’ll still offer our specials including cinnamon apple french toast, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles,” she adds. Motley says the restaurant won’t have a liquor license initially, but she’s in talks to possibly acquire one from a neighboring business.
Following its grand debut, Motley plans to open the restaurant from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Stay tuned for more updates closer to the launch.
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