French cafe and creperie Le Petit Zinc has finally found new digs in Midtown. The restaurant, which abruptly shuttered in September due to a dispute with the landlord, will fill the former Dangerously Delicious Pies space on the ground floor of the Strathmore Apartment building, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I've been in Paris the last two months finding all kinds of inspiration for the next chapter of LPZ and we felt that this location is the perfect spot for us to do so,” Le Petit Zinc owner Karima Sorel says in a release.
Sorel and her business partner Scott Rutterbush (founder of Dine Drink Detroit) were initially exploring properties close to Zinc’s original Corktown location including a space next door to Xavier’s antiques. However, the plans didn’t work out.
At the same time, Dangerously Delicious Pies was in the process of vacating several locations around metro Detroit (DDP’s founder stated in September that he has no intensions to reopen in Detroit). Rutterbush quickly moved to secure the Midtown restaurant space.
Zinc, which was founded in 2009, is expected to reopen in its new space at 70 W. Alexandrine by mid-January. The restaurant will be roughly the same size as the original location with an outdoor patio.
What’s still not clear is what this means for Black Bottom Brewing Company, which had struck a deal to open in a portion of Le Petit Zinc’s space prior to the relocation. When Eater spoke with owner Sean Murphy earlier this fall, he had planned move into the new space with Le Petit Zinc. Eater is reaching out for more details. Stay tuned.