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Chick-Fil-A Sets Sights on Downriver for Next Chicken Sandwich Outpost

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Plus, a rolled ice cream trailer rolls into Southeast Michigan

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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.

Chick-fil-A heads to Downriver

Metro Detroit’s next Chick-fil-A restaurant appears to be heading to Downriver. The city of Allen Park approved site plans on May 3 for a new location on Fairlane Drive near Meijer, according to the Detroit News. The restaurant is expected to open in 2019 or 2020. This would be the latest expansion for the popular fried chicken sandwich chain, which opened its first location in Detroit proper last November. The company announced in 2016 that it would open 15 to 20 locations in Michigan within five years; it’s opened 13 so far.

Ice cream trailer rolls out with Thai-style rolled ice cream

Thai-style rolled ice cream has finally made its way to Southeast Michigan with help from Ypsilanti’s new Naughty Boy’s Rolled Ice Cream trailer. The food truck debuted last fall just at the cusp of winter. Rolled ice cream is made-to-order on a cold plate with the customers’ chosen toppings mixed in right before their eyes. The ice cream is then smeared flat and scraped into spiraled rolls that are placed into a cup. Naughty Boy’s menu features options like s’more what? with chocolate chunks, graham cracker crumble, and toasted marshmallow and snozzberries with Nutella, raspberries, and whipped cream.

A riverfront restaurant is coming to Ann Arbor

DTE Energy and Detroit-based development firm the Roxbury Group have a new project in the works for Ann Arbor. The two companies plan to partner in a new development called Broadway Park at the edge of the Huron River in a space formerly home to Michigan Consolidated Gas Co., according to MLive. Plans for the 11-acre property call for a riverfront trail, an events pavilion, and a hotel with a riverfront restaurant, retail, and condos.

More chains for Troy

The city of Troy has revealed plans for a new drive-thru Panda Express and IHOP are heading to Rochester Rd. near Big Beaver. Additionally, Noni’s Grill will fill the space previously home to National Coney Island on Rochester Rd.

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