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Michigan Supreme Court May Decide Whether Methods to Alter Minimum Wage Law Were Constitutional

Plus, HopCat plans to open three to four new locations by 2020

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

GOP looks to Supreme Court for ruling on constitutionality of adopt and amend plan

While Michigan’s minimum wage and paid sick leave laws were gutted last fall in a lame duck session, the issue is far from over, Bridge Magazine reports. Following Democratic state senator Stephanie Chang’s request last week that the attorney general review and issue an opinion on the legality of the GOP’s adopt and amend strategy, Republican lawmakers now plan to pursue a legal ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court on the issue. The state GOP’s methods were was criticized by supporters of the citizen-led initiatives, who accused Republican lawmakers of attempting to subvert the will of Michigan voters by taking up the initiatives and fundamentally changing the language and impact of the laws. By going directly to the Supreme Court for a ruling, Republicans hope to avoid lawsuits from those groups.

Hamburger expansion

Famous Hamburger is adding yet another location — this time in Auburn Hills. The metro Detroit mini chain will open a location at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets this summer. The new outpost will follow the opening of a second Canton location of the Famous Hamburger brand, slated for this spring.

Restaurant week returns

Detroit Restaurant Week comes back this week with a new lineup of restaurants including spots like Grey Ghost, Savannah Blue, La Noria Bistro, and Gather. The dinner series runs from Friday, February 22 through Sunday, March 3. Participating establishments are broken up into tiers with some restaurants serving three-course menus for $39 and others offering menus for $29.

More HopCats in the works

Barfly Ventures, the developers behind Grand Rapids-based chain HopCat, acquired $6 million in capital to open three to four more beer bars in 2019 and 2020, according the MiBiz. The company previously announced plans to open a location in Holland, though its Chicago outpost folded earlier this month.

New grocery store could land on the east side

City planners and community partners are creating a redevelopment plan for Jefferson Chalmers that would include new amenities such as a grocery store.

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La Noria Bistro

5517 Michigan Avenue, , MI 48210 (313) 338-3545 Visit Website

Grey Ghost

47 E Watson Street, , MI 48201 (313) 262-6534 Visit Website