Vegan coney island springs to life in Detroit
Vegetarian and vegan Detroiters will finally get to indulge in meatless coney dogs next week with the opening of Brush Park’s Chili Mustard Onions. The 30-seat, all-vegan coney island located at 3411 Brush St. has set its public debut for Wednesday, August 1. Diners can expect coney island classics with a vegan twist such as hani, gyros, “Big Mock” burgers, waffle fries, and seemingly ever trendier soft serve ice cream.
Proposed Corktown restaurant plan nixed
The Board of Zoning Appeals has denied a restaurant developer’s request to rezone a former Corktown fire station for a restaurant space. Residents near the building at 1201 Bagley had opposed the rezoning, arguing that it would cause parking and noise issues as well as restaurant “fumes.”
Minimum wage ballot measure signatures
Ballot measures that support raising Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 per hour and require employers to offer paid sick leave have officially received enough signatures. The Board of State Canvassers may certify the signatures today, meaning the measures would pass on to the legislature. If the Republican-led legislature chooses to hold off on passing the measures, they would land on the November Ballot.
James Beard Award-winner plots Birmingham restaurant
Michael Schlow, who won the James Beard Foundation’s award for Best Chef: Northeast at Radius in 1999, is opening a Japanese restaurant called Adachi at 325 S. Old Woodward in Birmingham in partnership with restaurateurs Ken Koza and Clint Mansour. Schlow will not be in the kitchen. Rather the group has tapped chef Lloyd Roberts to assemble the menu which will feature options like nigiri and sashimi alongside options like dumplings and Hawaiian poke. Adachi could debut as soon as mid-August.
Royal Oak restaurant switcheroo
Cantina Diablos and Red Fox are in fact closing and transitioning into a new dual-concept restaurant: Diamond’s Steak and Seafood and Pinky’s. The restaurant shakeup received the unanimous approval of the Royal Oak City Commission on Monday, July 23. The renovation is expected to cost roughly $360,000 and is estimated to wrap up in September. Diamond’s will offer a chophouse-style menu with steaks and seafood while Pinky’s will convert Red Fox’s rooftop bar space into a “garden-themed bar” with small plates and cocktails.
Michigan-only beer release
Locally brewed (but owned by Pabst) beer brand Stroh’s Brewery Co. is preparing to release its third new recipe on Monday, August 6 called Spirit Witbier. The new wit will be a seasonal option with a limited release from August through September. The Spirit Witbier was brewed at Brew Detroit with coriander and sweet and bitter orange peel” and has a 4.2 percent ABV.
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