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SWITCHEROOS — Madison Heights-based nitrogen-churned ice cream shop Nice Modern Creamery is in the midst of a major rebranding. The company, which launched in 2014 inside a Biggby Coffee shop, announced on June 15 that it will begin franchising under a new moniker, Milkster Creamery. Reached by email, Milkster’s CEO Daniel Bora says the company is targeting Biggby Coffee owners for its initial expansion. [EaterWire]
ANN ARBOR — Former Zingerman’s Roadhouse co-owner and James Beard award winning chef Alex Young has moved on to a new project. Young recently acquired a restaurant space in Scio Township for $2 million with plans to open a French bistro-style eatery called The Standard Bistro and Larder. A portion of the restaurant will be devoted retail meat sales. The Standard is expected to open in October. [MLive]
NEWS — Cookie dough and ice cream sandwich purveyor What Up Dough is eyeing a possible expansion to the east side. [Metro Times]
SUBURBS — Melody Baetens of the Detroit News has the first word on a relatively new Thai street food eatery operating out of St. James Episcopal Church and Birmingham Farmers Market. Chef Souri Gaillard is the owner of Khao San, a carryout-only version of a restaurant by the same name in Portland, Oregon. The menu features dishes like pad thai and Chaingmai beef shortribs. [Detroit News]
CAFFEINE NATION — Always Brewing Detroit founder Amanda Brewington may have sold her Grandmont Rosedale cafe last fall, but she doesn’t see herself as a failure. “Life is a process, a journey, an experience. I set out to create something. I did. And then I let it go,” she writes in an essay about the challenges of opening a small business. It’s an interesting read for anyone who would ever dare to think running a coffee shop is easy. [Model D]
STARWATCH — As is his annual tradition, TV chef Mario Batali is spending his summer vacation in Traverse City. Over the weekend joined in the area’s Up North Pride march. [Instagram]