The Downriver outpost of Detroit-based gastropub Bobcat Bonnie’s is set to reopen in December after a three-month hiatus. Owner Matthew Buskard says that the restaurant will relaunch in Wyandotte during the first week of December, Metro Times first-reports.
Buskard and his team originally partnered with the owners of Bourbon’s Brews & Bayou restaurant in January to take over and transitioned the space into a second Bonnie’s location. In an interview about Wyandotte’s restaurant scene in June, Buskard told Eater that the Wyandotte location was as profitable as the Corktown location despite opening for fewer hours a week.
However, the outpost at 118 Sycamore St. shuttered abruptly in September. At the time, Buskard stated that he had made offers to buy out the business from the former operators of Bourbon’s but was rebuffed.
Buskard tells Eater today that after several failed attempts he has finally reach an agreement with his former partners to buy the business, licenses, and equipment in Wyandotte. Under the new terms Bonnie’s will be the sole lease holder. The building landlord, he says, was influential in helping bring Bobcat to the city. “[They] fought hard to get us back,” he says.
The restaurant is expected to announce an official opening date during Wyandotte’s tree lighting ceremony on Friday. Stay tuned.