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Cacao Tree Owner Will Lead the Kitchen at Ferndale Vegan Restaurant

Plus, Republican state senators move to repeal portions of Michigan’s minimum wage law

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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.

Ferndale chef shuffles

GreenSpace Cafe on Nine Mile has tapped vegan chef and restaurateur Amber Poupore to lead the kitchen at the restaurant owned by Dr. Joel Kahn. Poupore, who is the owner of Cacao Tree in Royal Oak, was involved in the opening of the Ferndale vegan restaurant three years ago. She plans to revamp the restaurant’s menu and revive some beloved recipes from her recently shuttered Shelby Township restaurant the Clean Plate.

Beloved bar officially changes hands

It’s the end of an era for one downtown Detroit watering hole. The Derderian family, which has operated Anchor Bar since 1959, will officially hand over the reigns to new ownership on Tuesday, December 4. The owners bid farewell in a message to fans via social media on Thursday, November 29. The Elia Group, which is buying up lots of real estate on the southwest side of downtown, confirmed in July that is was in the late stages of buying out the business. Elia Group’s owner Zaid Elia owns Parc and 220 Merrill. The bar is expected to get some menu updates.

The date has been set. The Derderian Family will officially hand over the reins on Tuesday December 4th. Come help us...

Posted by The Anchor Bar on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Lawmakers barrel ahead with amendments to minimum wage law

Republican Senators moved ahead with a vote on Wednesday, November 28 to scale back a Michigan’s new minimum wage and paid sick leave laws. The amendments would extend the deadline for raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour from 2022 to 2030 and would cap the minimum wage for tipped workers at $4 per hour rather than gradually raising it to $12 per hour as the original version of the ballot measure called for. The House is expected to weigh-in this week — possibly as soon as today.

Restaurant on the move

Five-year-old Cass Corridor restaurant Maya’s Indo-Pak Cuisine is relocating to 5708 Woodward Ave. within the next two months. The restaurant plans to slightly tweak the menu at the new location, according to Metro Times.

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Anchor Bar

450 West Fort Street, , MI 48226 (313) 964-9127 Visit Website

220 Merrill

220 East Merrill Street, , MI 48009 (248) 646-2220 Visit Website

GreenSpace Cafe

215 West Nine Mile Road, , MI 48220 (248) 206-7510 Visit Website


800 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 922-7272 Visit Website