James Beard Best Chef: Great Lakes nominees head to Frame for three nights only
The James Beard Foundation is heading to Hazel Park in March for a three-night dinner series featuring chefs nominated in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category. Five metro Detroit chefs were named semifinalists during an announcement by the Beards last week. Several of those local nominees as well as Rising Star Chef of the Year nominee and Eater Young Gun Lena Sareini will be joined by notable semifinalists from Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to prepare meals at Frame from Thursday, March 21 through Saturday, March 23. Each evening will feature a different group of chefs hosting two seatings. The cost is $85 per person and will include wine pairings by Frame’s wine director Bryan Lamorena and cocktails by Chicago’s Lost Lake, a nominee for Outstanding Bar Program. Tickets go on sale at noon.
More igloos, more problems
Patio igloos have been a popular addition to restaurants, bars, and breweries throughout the state due to Michigan’s long winters. Clubhouse BFD was one metro Detroit spot that invested heavily in the geodesic plastic domes. Unfortunately, the beer bar was forced to dismantle its popular outdoor dining setup two weeks ago, citing safety concerns raised by the city. The Rochester restaurant isn’t sure when or if the domes will return.
Southwest might gain a coffee shop
A $12 million mixed-use development could be headed to the Hubbard Farms area of Southwest Detroit. Southwest Detroit Business Association, non-profit Cinnaire, and Invest Detroit are proposing to build a new structure on a plot just east of El Club and across the street from Mangonadas del Barrio. The project, which could be completed by 2021, might feature a coffee shop, according to Crain’s.
Plum Market targets spring
The Plum Market location in downtown Detroit is expected to arrive by spring, according to signage on the building. The store, which is heading to the Ally Detroit Center, will feature a hot food bar, grab and go items, and a full-service bar.
An iconic bar gets a revival
Lindell AC, once billed as “America’s First Sports Bar,” is getting a revival with help from the Detroit Historical Museum. The venue is unveiling a new exhibit in March featuring memorabilia and photos the famed downtown Detroit bar. To mark the opening of the exhibit, the museum is hosting an event on Saturday, March 16 where organizers will recreate the feeling of an evening at the Lindell AC complete with beer, burgers from Royale With Cheese, sports trivia, and appearances by iconic figures who help shape the bar’s story. Tickets are $100.
New lunch service
Downtown restaurant Besa is now serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The menu features options like rice flour and coconut udon, wild ahi crudo, steak frites, and a fried chicken sandwich.
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