Detroit coffee roaster launches crowdfunding campaign
Corktown-based roastery and cafe Anthology Coffee is calling on supporters to help push the buildout on its new Eastern Market location over the finish line. Anthology founders Josh Longsdorf and Annie Longsdorf opened the small roastery inside Ponyride in 2012, but as the business developed it outgrew the space. Ponyride is also in the process of selling its building and relocating to a different property near New Center.
Last year, Anthology signed a letter of intent on a 2,900-square-foot shop at 1948 Division St. The business has already invested a significant amount of resources into the space including plumbing and electrical and is aiming to raise $20,000 through Kickstarter towards equipment and finishing including water heaters, light fixtures, and a tap system. The campaign launched on Tuesday, July 10, and has raised more than $2,700 so far.
A chain switcheroo for Royal Oak
The space formerly home to sports bar chain Blackfinn Ameripub in downtown Royal Oak may soon be home to a new outpost of American restaurant and martini lounge Bar Louie. Blackfinn Ameripub abruptly closed its doors at 530 S. Main St. last October.
Fire damage closes Madison Heights restaurant indefinitely
ASH NYC, the group behind the still-under-construction Siren Hotel, has purchased five buildings in Eastern Market for a mixed-use development. They may eventually feature food and food incubator spaces.
Celebrity chef burger restaurant shutters
There’s only one remaining location of chef Michael Symon’s burger chain in Michigan. The Rochester Hills location of B Spot Burgers reportedly closed on July 6. A note on the door states: “We apologize for any inconvenience but B Spot Rochester is permanently closed.” The restaurant opened in 2014 and was followed by a second location in Royal Oak, which is still in operation.
A local favorite reopens this week
Dish Detroit, a neighborhood fixture in Cornerstone Village since 1998, is planning to reopen at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 13. The restaurant closed indefinitely in February as co-owner Paul Sulek underwent months of treatment for a serious health condition. Sulek died on February 23 and his wife and co-owner Peg Sulek has been working to reopen the business since this spring. Following the first day back, Dish will open from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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