In just a little more than three years Corktown-based gastropub Bobcat Bonnie’s has grown to three metro Detroit locations. The restaurant group’s most recent outpost Bobcat Bonnie’s Ferndale opened its doors on Nine Mile over the weekend after a quick, one-month makeover of the former Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ space.
The fast timeline for the revamp of the restaurant is impressive, but owner Matthew Buskard and the Bonnie’s team have already demonstrated their skills at identifying and transforming restaurant properties. In opening the chain’s Wyandotte location, for instance, Bonnie’s quickly renovated the former Bourbon’s restaurant. Similarly they swooped in to buyout the former O’Blivion’s Corktown Cafe for its first location — keeping many of the original features while adding funky, graphic wallpaper and other eclectic decor that have now become a signature of the Bonnie’s brand. Bonnie’s has once again done a speedy remodel of the Zeke’s space.
The new 100-seat restaurant features gold-painted, tinned ceilings, a vibrant rainbow mural from Joey Salamon, and matte black painted walls covered in cake tins. The restaurant also plans to enclose and update the outdoor patio space. On the menu customer can expect Bonnie’s standards like fried goat cheese, Captain Crunch chicken fingers, loaded tater tots, burgers, and french dip sandwiches. The restaurant offers a full bar and is slowly expanding into brunch and lunch service.
Photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard visited the new Bobcat Bonnie’s this week to check out the new location. Take a peek at the updated restaurant in the gallery below.
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