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Anchor Bar Gets an Updated Look Under New Ownership

Plus, Panera moves south from Birmingham to Royal Oak

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.

Dive bar no longer

Beloved sports bar and reporter hangout Anchor Bar sold last summer to the owner of Parc and 220 Merrill for around $1.58 million, Crain’s reports from property records. The bar has since reopened with a fresh look that pays homage to the 60-year-old establishment while upgrading its beer taps and installing banquette seating, tendy Sputnik chandeliers, and eight new televisions, per the Detroit Free Press. Those bargain prices? They’ve gone up nominally as well.

Old chili factory will become a house of charcuterie

The former National Chili Co. facility at 6700 E. Davison St. in Hamtramck will soon be home to the operations for Detroit Optimist Society’s charcuterie company Gratiot Avenue Provisions, according to Crain’s. The brand, which shares a name with a forthcoming (but very delayed) Eastern Market restaurant, has decamped from its Eastern Market production facility for the Hamtramck building as it pursues USDA certification. That will allow GAP to expand into retail sales. The company currently supplies cured meats to the majority of Detroit Optimist’s bars and restaurants including Grandma Bob’s in Corktown.

Chain outpost moves south

Panera is closing down operations in Birmingham and moving to the new Beaumont Health’s Woodward Corners development near Thirteen Mile and Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak, per the Detroit Free Press. The company cited challenges with parking in Birmingham as the main reason for the relocation. The new outpost is on track to open this summer alongside Brown Iron Brewhouse, New Order Coffee, and Wahlburgers.

Coffee shop shutter

Longtime downtown Royal Oak coffee house Bean and Leaf Cafe shuttered last week, citing rising rents, Crain’s reports. The owners hope to return elsewhere in the city.

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Gratiot Avenue Provisions

1528 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI

Brown Iron Brewhouse

57695 Van Dyke Avenue, , MI 48094 (586) 697-3300 Visit Website

New Order Coffee

3100 Woodward , Detroit, MI 48201 Visit Website

Anchor Bar

450 West Fort Street, , MI 48226 (313) 964-9127 Visit Website

220 Merrill

220 East Merrill Street, , MI 48009 (248) 646-2220 Visit Website


234 North Garden, , MN 55425 (952) 854-1655 Visit Website


800 Woodward Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 922-7272 Visit Website