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Nautical Mile Restaurant Brownies on the Lake Expands Patio and Tiki Bar

Plus, apartment tours with food, a Grosse Pointe martini bar, and more

tiki drinks Courtesy of Brownies
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

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RENOVATION REPORT — Nautical Mile member Brownies on the Lake is undergoing renovations that will expand the seafood restaurant’s patio and tiki bar capacity. The marina adjacent eatery is expected to relaunch on April 18. In the meantime, Brownies’ team is recruiting new leadership including general manager Zach Smith. Smith holds a hospitality business management degree from MSU and has worked for the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group and Cheli’s Chili Bar in downtown Detroit. [EaterWire]

THE CHAINS — Beginning April 18, Flint will become a testing ground for a new Taco Bell item — the “Naked Breakfast Taco.” The food engineers behind the Tex-Mex chain have finally figured out the secret to ruining a taco: replacing the tortilla with a fried egg shell. Each folded egg is filled with potatoes, sausage or bacon, nacho cheese, and shredded cheddar. One can opt to hide the taco’s shame with an optional flatbread exterior. [Freep]

EVENTWIRE — Downtown’s residential real estate is booming and some developers are dreaming up creative ways to get potential renters through the door. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the Lofts of Merchants Row located at 1247 & 1413 Woodward Ave. is hosting tours of three different units along with samples from three area restaurants — Parc, Downtown Louie’s Lounge, and Exodus in Greektown. Visitors will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card from a downtown restaurant. [EaterWire]

COMING ATTRACTIONS — A tipster tells Eater there’s a new bar and burger spot, Old Pony Martini Pub, is headed to Grosse Pointe. The bar is filling up the former Green Zone Pizza space at 17008 Kercheval Ave. [EaterWire/C&G News]

CURBED CUTS — What Detroit neighborhood should you live in? Kill two minutes and take this quiz. [CDET]