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Detroit Dining Experts Predict the Headlines for 2020

What’s in store next year?

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Let’s predict the future.
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As is tradition at Eater, we closed out the year by surveying local food writers and our own staff on various restaurant-related topics, and publishing their responses throughout the week. Final question: What are your headline predictions for 2020? Readers, feel free to share your thoughts below. (Here’s how participants responded last year.)


Mark Kurlyandchik, Restaurant Critic, Detroit Free Press:

“New Center is now Detroit’s hottest dining neighborhood”; “String of recent restaurant closings marks beginning of recession”; “New restaurant ignites döner kebab showdown with Balkan House”

Dorothy Hernandez, Managing Editor, Model D:

(More like wishful thinking than actual) Balkan House opens latest outpost next to Dorothy’s house.

Michael Ransom takes over the world by building Ima empire.

Melody Baetens, Restaurant Critic, The Detroit News:

“Cheesecake Factory to open in former Hard Rock Café space” Ha!

John Reyes, Ann Arbor Contributor, Eater Detroit:

This time I mean it: Now that recreational marijuana is legal, late-night burrito and other munchie-friendly spots will be growing like… well, weeds.

Also, brutal reviews of restaurants will continue to be a thing.

Brenna Houck, Editor, Eater Detroit:

“Yes, another pizzeria just opened.”

“Jefferson Chalmers and New Center Are Detroit’s Hottest New Dining Neighborhoods”

All Year in Eater Coverage [ED]

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