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Iconic Corktown Sports Bar Shakes Up Menu With Japanese Fried Chicken

Plus, a James Beard Foundation representative discusses potential changes to regional awards

A burger with layers of iceberg lettuce, tomato, and white melted cheese with potato chips.
The iconic burger at Nemo’s Bar.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Big menu changes are coming to an iconic Corktown sports bar

Dr. Sushi pop-up wizard Nick George is taking over the kitchens at Corktown sports pub institution Nemo’s Bar and introducing some big menu changes. George tells Metro Times that the bar will be undergoing an expansion and kitchen renovation this winter. Before construction commences, he plans to begin introducing some of the new menu items from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays through the end of 2018. Possible menu items include Japanese-style fried chicken, tacos, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Fortunately, the bar’s classic burgerone of the best in the city — is staying the same.

Restaurant industry award might change its regions to be more fair

Restaurants in Detroit and other Great Lakes cities each year can typically expect to be shut out of the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: Great Lakes category, which is reliably dominated by Chicago chefs. Change may be on the horizon, however. Mitchell Davis of the James Beard Foundation — the organization that gives out those sought after restaurant and bar industry honors — tells the Detroit Free Press that he’s been meeting with population data experts to determine “what the division of regions is that allows the fairest opportunity, no matter where he or she is working, to be recognized.” Could this mean a separate category for Chicago, as New York City enjoys? Time will tell.

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