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Ferndale Restaurant Recruits Chef From The Root to Take Over Its Kitchen

Plus, a racial discrimination lawsuit moves forward against Founders Brewing and more intel

Customers sit in a dining room with weird black and gold wallpaper and a painting of a woman in a white bird-like masquerade mask. They’re framed by a rounded doorway.
Otus Supply.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Ferndale restaurant gets a new chef

Otus Supply in Ferndale has brought on a new chef to steer the menu. Nick Rodgers previously ran the kitchen at award-winning the Root Restaurant and Bar in White Lake after James Rigato departed for Mabel Gray in 2015. A representative for Otus Supply tells Eater the menu is expected to remain mostly the same with a few unspecified new menu items that will have a “blue-collar” appeal.

Michigan brewery lawsuit moves forward

A racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a black former employee against Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids and Detroit is moving forward in court. A federal judge dismissed one claim by former events and promotions manager Tracy Evans that alleged he was passed over for a promotion in favor of two less qualified white employees, Metro Times reports. The claim was dismissed because of a clause in Evans’ employment agreement that shortened the statute of limitations for filing such lawsuits. However, the judge did pave the way for Evans’ other complaints to move forward. He had accused Founders of unequal treatment and retaliation for making complaints regarding racism in his workplace.

Fried chicken chain plans new locations

Chick-fil-A wants to open two more metro Detroit locations of its chicken and waffle fries chain. One location, if approved by the city of Novi, would open at 27750 Novi Rd., according to MLive. Another is being proposed for Allen Park, per the Detroit Free Press. The expansion plans come at a time when other cities across the nation are pushing back against Chick-fil-A, which is known for financially supporting anti-LGBTQ groups. San Jose, California, recently announced plans to erect gay pride flags around a Chick-fil-A.

Livernois restaurant opens for Easter

A new restaurant called Table No. 2 is poised to land on the Avenue of Fashion on Easter Sunday. The 70-seat restaurant restaurant will be helmed by chef and owner Omar Mitchell. He plans to offer items like steak, seafood, Alaskan crab legs, and oysters Rockefeller. It will also feature an expansive 80-seat garden patio and an 18-seat chefs table. The restaurant is located at 18925 Livernois Ave.

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Otus Supply

345 East 9 Mile Road, , MI 48220 (248) 291-6160 Visit Website

Founders Brewing Company

456 Charlotte St., Detroit, MI Visit Website

Table No. 2

18925 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48209 Visit Website

Mabel Gray

23825 John R Road, , MI 48030 (248) 398-4300 Visit Website

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