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11 Recent Restaurant and Bar Openings to Know

Tracking all the new dining and drinking options across Southeast Michigan

Food from Laika Dog at the UFO Factory.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Having a tough time keeping up with all the new dining options? Welcome to the Opening Report, a regularly-updated roundup of restaurant openings big and small across metro Detroit (and a few around Southeast Michigan). Visit the summer opening report for an archive of the newcomers from May 2018 through September 2018.

December 5

MADISON HEIGHTS — Noodle fanatics now have yet another reason to visit Madison Heights with the debut of Ima’s second outpost. The new restaurant features an expanded kitchen allowing for new menu items like ramen. Status: Certified open. 32203 John R. Rd.

FERNDALE — Holy dumplings, Batman. Antihero arrived in downtown Ferndale with an izakaya-influenced menu fusing Japanese, Korean, and American flavors. Customers can expect options like brisket bao, ramen, hibachi grilled meats, and buttermilk brined “chicken fried” tofu on the menu. Status: Certified open. 231 W. Nine Mile Rd.

GROSSE POINTE PARK — A new spot called the Charlevoix recently made an entrance on the east side with funky bar food. Diners can expect options like corned beef fried rice and shrimp po’boys on the menu alongside a full bar. Status: Certified open. 14927 Charlevoix St.

MIDTOWN — Find cut-to-order charcuterie, imported cheeses, and fancy chocolate bars at the second location of Mongers’ Provisions. Status: Soft open. 4240 Cass Ave., Suite 111.

MIDTOWN — Bar and music lounge Cobb’s Corner, which shuttered more than 30 years ago, has returned to the corner of Cass Avenue and Willis Street with a full bar, sliders, and sandwiches. Status: Certified open. 4201 Cass Ave.

ELMWOOD PARK — Detroit City FC’s new indoor recreation center Detroit City Fieldhouse comes complete with a sports bar called the Clubhouse serving buckets of beer, Irish nachos, and chicken wings. Status: Certified open. 3401 East Lafayette St.

CORKTOWN — Beloved bar and music venue UFO Factory and hot dog slinger Laika Dog reopened in late-October after a construction issue abruptly shuttered the business. The remodel gave the space a similar vibe to the original, but the back bar has been rebuilt to mimic a cloud. The bar is open for dinner during the week and brunch and dinner on weekends. Status: Certified open. 2110 Trumbull Ave.

ROYAL OAK — A new outpost of Diamond’s Steak & Seafood debuted in Royal Oak in November, filling the former Cantina Diablos space. The restaurant will be joined by a rooftop bar called Pinky’s next year. Status: Certified open. 100 S. Main St.

MIDTOWN — Sandwich spot Spread Deli & Cafe debuted on November 19 near Willis Street and Cass Avenue. The shop features options like bagels, cinnamon rolls, and avocado toast as well as five different styles of deli sandwich. Status: Certified open. 4215 Cass Ave.

NORTHVILLE — Steak chain Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse opened a 7,200-square-foot location at 17107 Haggerty Rd. in Northville on November 9. The company is looking into additional sites for future restaurants around the state including downtown Detroit. Status: Certified open. 17107 Haggerty Rd.

EASTERN MARKET — A new restaurant called Le Culture Cafe has moved in to fill the former Antietam restaurant space in Eastern Market. The menu features items like lobster grilled cheeses and crab cakes. Status: Certified open. 1428 Gratiot Ave.

November 5

DOWNTOWN-320° Coffee & Creamery offers Intelligentsia espresso and ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen. Status: Certified open. 474 Peterboro St.

WOODBRIDGEBikes & Coffee serves pour-overs and espresso drinks made with Hyperion Coffee as well as teas — in a bike shop. Status: Certified open. 1521 Putnam St.

DOWNTOWN — Fine dining restaurant Besa opened with a menu of coconut udon with squid ink, seared scallops with braised bacon and masa polenta, duck charcuterie, and more. The restaurant also has a raw bar for oysters and crudo. Status: Certified open. 600 Woodward Ave.

DOWNTOWN Bucharest Grill opened its largest location with approximately 130 seats and a 24-tap bar — a first for the chain. The restaurant features the Bucharest Grill staples including Bucharest shawarma, falafel wraps, schnitzel plates, and eggplant dip. There’s also a small oven on site, which opens up the possibility for Bucharest to offer late-night pizzas or fresh pita bread. Status: Certified open. 436 W. Columbia St.

TROY — Royal Oak-based fast-casual restaurant Detroit Taco Company expanded to a second location with tacos, burritos, bowls, salads and nachos. Status: Certified open. 2199 Crooks Rd.

CORKTOWN — The owners of Detroit Barbers opened coffee bar Lucky Detroit on the second floor of the barber shop. The coffee bar has a bit of a saloon vibe thanks to an antique butcher block counter that was salvaged from a former hardware shop combined with vintage metal fixtures and a mounted moose head on the exposed brick walls. Status: Certified open. 2000 Michigan Ave.

BIRMINGHAM — Massive 10,000-square-foot restaurant Hazel, Ravines and Downtown is divided into several distinctive spaces under one roof: a restaurant, mini mart and lunch counter, and private dining spaces. The main menu is divided into sections based of familiar comfort foods, trendy foods, and internationally-influenced dishes. Diners can expect items like Greek salads, bone broth soup with roasted marrow bones, burgers, and Argentinian-style grilled meats. Status: Certified open.

FERNDALE — Bobcat Bonnie’s opened another location and offers a nearly identical menu to its sibling locations with options like Captain Crunch chicken fingers, loaded tater tots, and burgers. Status: Certified open. 240 W 9 Mile Rd.

EASTERN MARKET — Beer bar Cøllect is located on the second floor above neighborhood restaurant Gather, with 14 taps and a collection of American and international craft beers. Status: Certified open. 1454 Gratiot Ave.

TROY Loaded Links offers high-end tube meats made from Wagyu and Kobe beef, deep-fried Oreos and a build-your-own burger menu. Status: Certified open. 800 E. Big Beaver Rd.

October 5

ROYAL OAK — Visitors can now get their Detroit-style pizza fix at the Detroit Zoo. Buddy’s Pizza unveiled its newest location at the venue on Thursday, October 4. It features lots of outdoor seating including a rooftop deck. Status: Certified open. 8450 W 10 Mile Rd.

WARREN — A new Jamaican restaurant called Delphine’s just got off the ground in Warren. The menu features items like callaloo and saltfish, curry chicken, jerk chicken, and banana cake. Status: Certified open. 14377 E 9 Mile Rd.

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A Japanese-style hibachi grill and steakhouse has undergone a revamp and reopened as NARA Hibachi & Hot Rocks. The restaurant features yakitori-style grilled meats heated on a 824-degree stone. The bar is creepily described as “sensual,” according to a release. Status: Certified open. 5656 W Maple Rd.

WARREN — Fast-casual restaurant chain Estia Greek Street Food opened its latest outpost on Monday, October 1. The 90-seat restaurant features lots of gyros. Status: Certified open. 5753 Twelve Mile.

SOUTHFIELD — A triple threat of Korean cuisine debuted in Southfield in late-August. New Seoul Plaza features three distinctive spaces: Korean comfort food spot Jinji, dessert cafe Myomee, and a modern Korean barbecue restaurant called Daebak. Status: Certified open. 27566 Northwestern Hwy.

ROCHESTER — Rochester Tap Room has been replaced by a new taproom from Paw Paw-based brewery Lucky Girl. The new spot called Lucky Girl Crossroads opened on October 3 with St. Louis-style ribs on the menu. Status: Certified open. 6870 N. Rochester Rd.

ROCHESTER — The first Michigan outpost of Buffalo, New York-based chicken wing chain Anchor Bar is now open in Rochester Hills. The menu features more than a dozen different flavors of wings as well as typical bar food standards like burgers and salads. Status: Certified open. 2945 S. Rochester Rd.

SOUTHFIELD — Detroit Wing Company has added yet another location. The Eastpointe-based chain offers wings with 10 styles of sauce. It’s the fourth location in the region. Status: Certified open. 23327 Greenfield Rd.

NEW CENTER — Raw cookie dough fiends can now get a mid-day fix inside the New Center One building. D’vine Cookies & Dough has opened a kiosk serving baked cookies and edible dough (i.e. free from the hazards of food poisoning). Status: Certified open. 3031 W. Grand Blvd.

DOWNTOWN — A new dining kiosk called Crazy Gringo Express has opened next to Zingerman’s inside the Guardian Building, according to an Eater tipster. It’s a paired down version of a Mexican restaurant based in Clinton Township. Status: Certified open. 500 Griswold St.

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