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Eastern Market Restaurant Gather and Its Sister Bar Cøllect Are Changing Hands

Founders Kyle and Lea Hunt are moving on from their Gratiot Avenue businesses

The brick building that houses Bunny Bunny and Collect is shown from the street on a cloudy day in Detroit. Michelle and Chris Gerard

Eastern Market restaurant Gather and craft beer bar Cøllect will soon have a new owner Founding partners Kyle and Lea Hunt announced on social media on Tuesday that they are selling the Gratiot Avenue business duo.

“We’ve decided to sell the business to focus on family and simplicity,” the couple writes in a statement. “This week is bittersweet, and we cannot thank all of you enough for all of the support the last couple years. It’s been such a joy to have been a part of Detroit’s amazing restaurant community and to work with and serve so many wonderful folks.” The Hunts' final day will be Thursday night.

Reached by Eater, Kyle Hunt confirms that the businesses have sold to a new owner and will remain open. A statement from the new owner is forthcoming. Hunt reiterated that he and wife Lea sold the business to “focus on family, friends, and simplicity.” The pair recently became parents.

Gather debuted in May 2017 with a highly seasonal menu based on produce available at the nearby market and wood-fire grilling. In September 2017, the restaurant briefly shuttered as co-founder and chef Nate Vogeli exited the business, making way for chef Jessi Patuano. By fall 2018, the Hunts had expanded to the second floor of Gather’s Gratiot Avenue building with a craft beer bar called Cøllect. Patuano departed this spring to join the team at Folk in Corktown.

Over the summer, Gather’s owners took the restaurant’s popular soft-serve desserts downtown to a new walk-up window called Huddle. Kyle Hunt says that Huddle will add a food truck in the spring as they focus on expanding their ice cream business.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Updated, 4:33 p.m., October 8: This story has been updated with comments from Kyle Hunt.

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Huddle

2 John R St., Detroit, MI

Gather

1454 Gratiot Avenue, , MI 48207 (586) 850-0205 Visit Website

Cøllect

1454 Gratiot Avenue, , MI 48207 (586) 850-0205 Visit Website

FOLK Detroit

1701 Trumbull, , MI 48216 (313) 742-2672 Visit Website

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