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RUMORMONGERING — Real estate company Ventra Group LLC appears to be in the process of redeveloping a 104,000-square-foot former Detroit Water and Sewerage Department building in Eastern Market. Crain’s reports that on Tuesday the city council will consider selling the building for $700,000 to the company. According to a document, the development group plans to transform the building into a mixed-use space with food processing facilities, restaurants, retail, and possibly a brewery. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation had previously fielded proposals for the building to house a “Regional Food Accelerator.” [Crain’s]
COMING ATTRACTIONS — A new doughnut purveyor dubbed Holy Moly Donut Shop is poised to debut next door to a marijuana dispensary on Eight Mile west of John R. The shop is expected to open by late summer. Three more shops are in the works. [Metro Times/WXYZ]
CONTROVERSIES — Detroit-based shawarma chain Bucharest Grill is under fire for its uniforms, which sport a suggestive “We Deliver” on the backside of female employee’s pants. A one-time mayoral candidate Jerroll Sanders wrote a post to Facebook on July 14 calling attention to the pants she spotted at the company’s new Livernois location. “It seemed very sexual to me and I was livid. It seemed so disrespectful of our girls. I complained and so did other mothers who took note of the message.”
Bucharest’s owner Bogdan Tarasov has since removed “We Deliver” from the uniforms and tells WWJ that there have always been several uniform options available to employees. Sanders has indicated that she’s still not entirely satisfied with his response. [CBS/Fox News]