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NEWS — One of the owners of Nancy Whiskey Pub in Corktown is under investigation by the FBI for alleged misconduct. Co-owner Eva Reyes and her husband Gerald Stevens took over the popular neighborhood bar located off Harrison and Spruce Street in 2006. Reyes is also a legal assistant in the drug task force unit at the U.S. Attorneys Office. Recently, Reyes has become the subject of a probe for alleged money laundering and lying about her ownership of the bar. Reyes and Stevens filed a lawsuit against the federal government last Wednesday fighting the Department of Justice’s attempts to subpoena their bank records. [Freep]
BOOZE NEWS — Corktown noodle shop Ima has finally acquired its liquor license. The restaurant began offering a selection of sakes, beers, and shōchū on Friday. [EaterWire]
IDK — Detroit has been ranked as the number one best city for pizza lovers — ahead of Buffalo, New York, and New York City — by personal finance technology firm SmartAsset. According to the company’s analysis, Detroit has 1,050 pizza places or roughly 15.5 pizzerias per 10,000 residents. Pizza purveyors also score relatively high on Yelp with an average rating of 3.42 stars. The sheer number of pizzerias might not seem all that surprising if one accounts for the many chains that call Southeast Michigan home. [EaterWire]
SPORTS — In other pizza news, food service contractor Delaware North revealed new details about the restaurants at Detroit’s new pizzarena today. Visitors can expect to find bacon-wrapped, deep fried hot dogs with pepper jack cheese, salami, and pickled eggs among the more outrageous offerings at the LCA’s 313 Grill Co. The arena will also include a sports bar called Sports & Social Detroit, Mike’s Pizza Bar (inspired by Mike Ilitch), The District Market, a Goose Island Pub, and the much maligned Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit restaurant. [Freep]