Popular chicken and waffles restaurant New Center Eatery is relocating to a larger space on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. On Monday, the restaurant was awarded a $25,000 grant through Detroit’s Motor City Match program that will help fund the transition into a new location in the New Center neighborhood.
The restaurant is moving due to “uncontrollable circumstances,” according to a Motor City Match release.
The new location is listed as 6549 Woodward Ave. in the former Prince Men’s Wear space, just around the corner from New Center Eatery’s present building on West Grand Boulevard. When it reopens in its new location, the restaurant is expecting to add between four and six additional jobs to accommodate the larger space.
It’s still not clear what the timeline is for the relocation. Eater has reached out to New Center Eatery for more details.
Founded by Detroit native Johnny Cannon, the popular counter-service establishment has operated in its current space across from the Fisher Building since 2003. The restaurant serves a mixture of breakfast and dinner dishes including 11 different styles of chicken and waffles, scrambles, burgers, and baked salmon.
As projects such as the Little Caesars Arena and QLine have driven up prices in the Midtown area, New Center has become an increasingly popular neighborhood for new development. Clawson’s Woodpile BBQ Shack is expected to open a second location in New Center next year and a restaurant called Wilda’s is currently under construction at the corner of Woodward and West Grand. New York’s iconic City Bakery is also planning a location inside the Fisher Building.
Stay tuned for more updates on the New Center Eatery transition.