Seven restaurants and cafes received thousands of dollars in funding in the latest round of grant winners named on Wednesday by Motor City Match. Forthcoming East African restaurant Baobab Fare and Jefferson-Chalmers food and farming business Coriander Kitchen and Farm were among this summer’s big winners. Now in its third year and 12th round of awards, the Detroit-based small business investment program has played a major role in the development of new and expanding food and beverage businesses. Get to know the latest batch of restaurants, cafes, and juice bars below:
- Blessed and Highly Favored Juice Bar ($60,000): This juice bar was previously a resident at 1917 American Bistro on Livernois Ave. up until July 2017 when the business announced its relocation. The spot now appears to have found a new location just a few steps away from its original home on the Avenue of Fashion. Location: 18999 Livernois Ave.
- Coriander Kitchen and Farm ($55,000): This 2016 Hatch Detroit finalist has been evolving for a few years now in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood — serving meals in collaboration with Detroit River Sports and now hosting a food truck brunch on the weekends. Location: 14601 Riverside Blvd.
- Baobab Fare ($50,000): This refugee-owned business was the 2017 winner of Hatch Detroit and will be taking over the space previously slated for Wilda’s in New Center this fall. Diners can expect a 65-seat restaurant with East African cuisine including flat bread, beef stew, omelets, eggs, and East African teas and coffees. Location: 6568 Woodward Ave.
- Good Cookies ($45,000): This is appears to be a cookie cafe coming to Northwest Detroit. Location: 19001/19007 W. McNichols Rd.
- Good Times on the Ave. ($40,000): The former home of 1917 American Bistro appears to be welcoming a new restaurant and bar. Location: 19416 Livernois Ave.
- See You Tomorrow ($35,000): A “casual dining restaurant” is setting up shop in a building along Woodward in the fast-developing New Center area. Location: 7760 Woodward Ave.
- Ella Mae’s Place ($15,000): Located on the far southwest side of Detroit, this small carryout restaurant serves everything from fried chicken to burgers to ice cream. Location: 2251 S. Fort St.
Beyond the cash awards, businesses such as the Red Hook and Morningside Cafe received awards for design. Detroit pop-up Simple Goodness/the Counter received a space award. Spots like Sammies Bugers and Fries and Creative Cheesecake nabbed awards for their business plans. Motor City Match winners are announced quarterly with round 14 applications open between September 1 and October 1.
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