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Oak Park Is Getting a Gastropub

Plus, Ricewood finally opens on May 30 in its new indoor digs

A new gastropub will land on 11 Mile in Oak Park this year.
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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.

Oak Park is embracing liquor licenses

The City of Oak park bestowed a liquor license on a new gastropub run by a group called Oak Park Social, LLC on May 20. That’s big news for a suburb that was dry until relatively recently. The new spot owned by Alexander Bishai will be located at 14691 11 Mile Rd., according to Crain’s. The as-of-yet-unnamed restaurant is expected to open this fall with New American style food, brunch hours, and outdoor seating. Of course, this isn’t the first spot in Oak Park to acquire a license. River Rouge Brewing Company is set to expand to a second, larger outpost in Oak Park this year. Meanwhile, Union Joints is still planning to open something inside the 8MK building, though the project is delayed while the restaurant group pursues a Brownfields Grant through the city to deal with clean up at the site.

Wings expansion

Nearly two-year-old Southfield chain Wing Snob is preparing for a major expansion with plans for 30 new locations in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Canada, Crain’s reports. The company aims to open 10 restaurants in 2019 through franchise agreements.

Vegan kitchen nears opening

Cooking With Que, a vegan kitchen and education company owned by Quiana Broden, is on track to open in August, according to the Hub. The company is currently settling into a space at 6529 Woodward Ave. in New Center.

Ann Arbor barbecue hotspot reopens soon

Due to an unanticipated delay, Chamorro barbecue favorite Ricewood did not open over the Memorial Day weekend as previously planned. The restaurant is now set to debut on Thursday, May 30, inside the York market at its new year-round, walk-up window.

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