It’s easy to forget just how much has happened in the course of 12 months. Here at Eater Detroit, there are stories that certainly stick with us. We’re talking about the unexpected closures, legal battles, and rewarding long-term projects that occupied our minds as reporters. However, it’s always interesting to look back at what resonated most with you, our readers. Some stories were obvious contenders for the most-read pieces of the year, but occasionally there’s a surprise in the mix. Below, are the top-read news stories (excluding repeats) from 2019.
For the first time in roughly 60 years, a winery opened in Detroit. The massive Detroit Vineyards production space and tasting room set inside the former Stroh’s Ice Cream Factory, generated plenty of excitement ahead of its May 3 debut.
ASH NYC and chef Kate Williams’ ode to a turn-of-the-century family business, Karl’s, does a very good job of convincing patrons that it’s actually been hiding up on the second floor of the Wurlitzer Building all along.
Nothing drives eyeballs quite like the words “Michelin,” even if those sought-after tire company stars don’t technically travel with chefs. The combination of a decorated restaurant team from Chicago’s Elizabeth heading to a secluded location in Michigan Upper Peninsula for foraging and glamping generated plenty of curiosity in February. The highly exclusive first season of the Milkweed Inn sold out in less than 48 hours.
Corktown may be small but there’s a lot to digest. Here’s suggested itinerary for a full 24 hours of dining in Detroit’s most celebrated food neighborhood.
For a third year in a row, holiday bars are lighting up local watering holes across metro Detroit featuring themed drinks, Christmas cookies, and lots of kitschy twinkle light decor. There’s no denying, people love them.
The long-anticipated downtown Detroit location of Cannelle by Matt Knio opened in February with a pastry case full of gorgeous, French treats. The frenzy over this Capitol Park cafe resulted in several sell-out days.
The team behind Takoi revealed a second restaurant called Magnet in Core City this fall. Specializing in wood-fired cooking, the restaurant serves primarily Middle Eastern-influenced dishes. The design by architect Ishtiaq Rafiuddin earned Magnet a 2019 Eater Award.
Detroit gained several notable rooftop bars and restaurants in 2019, but the most talked about was perhaps the Monarch Club, a tony cocktail lounge perched at the top of the renovated Metropolitan Building. Finally, Detroiters had a non-club spot to enjoy the skyline with a drink.
One of the most important, dramatic stories of 2019, also happened to be Eater Detroit’s most-read. Following the release of a deposition conducted in a racial discrimination lawsuit against Founders Brewing Company, local bars and restaurants began responding to customer outrage by removing the brand’s products from menus. In fact, several stories about Founders Brewing Company landed in the top this year, including the closure of the Detroit taproom and Eater Detroit’s interview with plaintiff Tracy Evans following the publication of the leaked deposition by Metro Times. Founders Brewing Company settled the lawsuit and is scheduled to reopen in Detroit in 2020.
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