New bar heads to Detroit’s Financial District
A new as-of-yet-unnamed bar is in talks to fill a basement space underneath downtown Detroit’s Brome Modern Eatery, Crain’s reports. The building owners are also planning to develop a pedestrian alley between 220 W. Congress and 607 Shelby, which would entail new artwork, lights, retail space, and possibly food. The project sounds a whole lot like the Belt Alley and the Shinola Hotel’s Parker’s Alley.
Michigan’s minimum wage and paid sick leave saga continues
State attorney general Dana Nessel will not be issuing a legal opinion on the constitutionality of laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and paid sick leave, according to Bridge Magazine. Nessel’s office had been asked to issue an opinion on the controversial laws that were passed last fall and altered by Republicans in a lame duck session. However, the state Supreme Court has since agreed to hear the case. The attorney general’s office will provide briefs for both sides of the issue as part of the court case, which will be heard on July 17.
Another Plum Market heads to Dearborn
The Henry Ford is getting its own Plum Market outpost come winter 2019. The Plum Market @ the Henry Ford will be integrated into the museum’s food service system with locally sourced items and lots of organic ingredients, per a release. The Plum Market Kitchen will also feature outdoor seating and a separate entrance from the museum for people who want that Plum Market experience without the entrance fee.
New York chain adds first metro Detroit outpost
Fast-casual falafel chain Hummus & Pita Co. is slated to open its first metro Detroit location in Auburn Hills at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets food court on Saturday, May 18. The Mediterranean restaurant group previously announced plans to expand to 100 franchise locations nationwide with five restaurants in Southeast Michigan.
The Hamilton bump
Restaurateurs in the downtown area and New Center saw a big uptick in business during the six-week run of hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” according to the Detroit News. Chef Paul Grosz of Cuisine in New Center estimates that the production boosted business at his restaurant by roughly 300 percent. Andiamo Detroit Riverfront, which offered theatergoers a shuttle to the Fisher, also experienced increased business thanks to the “Hamilton” buzz.
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