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Beloved Chain Olga’s Kitchen Sets Up Shop in Detroit’s MGM Grand

Plus, the Morrie plots a summer opening in Birmingham

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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.

Olga’s returns to Detroit

Four years after departing from the Compuware Building, beloved metro Detroit chain Olga’s Kitchen is returning to the city with a new location at the MGM Grand Detroit. The casino outpost is expected to open in June inside the Breeze Dining Court. Customers can expect to find options like season curly fries, spinach and cheese pie, fried chicken Olga, and Olga’s Snackers on the menu.

Historic jazz club gets a new lease on life

The Blue Bird Inn club, which hosted some of American jazz’s most legendary performers, has been rescued from demolition by the Detroit Sound Conservancy, according the Metro Times. With help from a Kresge grant, the organization is preparing to cleanup and secure the site during MotorCity Makeover on Saturday, May 18.

Roadhouse restaurant plans summer debut

The Morrie is on track to open its second 8,000-square-foot outpost in Birmingham this summer at 260 N. Woodward. The restaurant, which was founded in Royal Oak by AFB Hospitality Group, will feature options like build-your-own salads, pizza, and burgers. The restaurant seats 260 people.

Getting to know Eastern Market’s most controversial landlord

The Detroit News published a profile of Sanford Nelson, the developer who some have blamed for many of the recent business closures in Eastern Market, this week. In the piece, Nelson tries to tell his side of the story and vision for the properties his company FIRM Real Estate has been buying up in the popular food district. Nelson believes he has been unfairly targeted for some of the closures including Mootown Ice Cream, which he says was let out of its contract with three years left on the lease. He also alludes to two other restaurants that may be joining Jose’s Tacos in Eastern Market. Rumor has it that one will serve fish and chips and the other is allegedly a hot dog concept.

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Jose's Tacos

218 East Grand River Avenue, , MI 48226 (313) 965-9992 Visit Website

The Morrie

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