Birmingham cafe expands into dinner service
Trendy Birmingham coffee shop and brunch hangout Commonwealth is adding a dinner menu starting Monday, June 3. During dinner service, diners can expect to see options like fried egg sandwiches, fancy toast, macaroni and cheese, lasagna, and steak and eggs with chimichurri, pickled Fresno chile pepper, shishito peppers, and a three-potato hash. The cafe also plans to add a soft serve ice cream machine. Commonwealth will stay open through 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 3 p.m. on Sundays as part of the change.
Beloved deli considers selling amid new investment from Ford in Corktown
The owner of Michigan Avenue’s corned beef sandwich favorite Hygrade Deli is contemplating an exit strategy now that Ford is beginning to invest in a new Corktown campus. Stuart Litt tells Crain’s he would consider selling the 65-year-old business to a new operator as he looks towards retirement. Business has been picking up for Hygrade over the last few years. Litt says the restaurant just had its best sales year since the 1970s.
New dinner series from FoodLab Detroit and Keep Growing Detroit
Two local organizations, FoodLab Detroit and Keep Growing Detroit, are teaming up for a new dinner series called Fruits of Our Labor that highlights women and non-binary chefs and farmers. The dinners take place on the fourth Thursday of every month at beginning June 27 and ending on September 26 at Keep Growing Detroit’s farm in Eastern Market. The first event will feature chefs Brittiany Peeler, Ederique Goudia, Le’Genevieve Squires, and Reniel Billups with farmers Carolyn Leadley and Gwen Meyers. The menu includes dishes such as pickled beet and strawberry salad, gumbo z’herbes, Jamaican rum cake, and journey cakes with black-eyed pea hummus. Tickets are $70 general admission with $25 tickets available to FoodLab or Garden Resource program members.
Bar pop-up series arrives at the Skip
The Skip is hosting a new charity series on Monday evenings with 100 percent of the night’s proceeds going to a local community organization. The first event for Communal Buzz is happening on Monday, June 3 with a pop-up from the celebrated Service Bar in Washington, D.C. Look out for options like the Grilled Apricot Ice Tea made with whiskey-infused apricots, black tea lemon, apricot syrup and the Green Leaf with kale salt, black pepper, lemon juice, sugar, and savory Glendalough Irish gin. The Service Bar event benefits InsideOut Literary Arts.
Some groceries may get more expensive due to Trump tariffs
The Trump administration plans to enact a 5 percent tariff against all Mexican goods beginning June 10. As a result, some goods at grocery stores in Southwest Detroit — home to several of the city’s biggest independent markets — could get more expensive, according to the Detroit Free Press. Grocery operators at spots like Honey Bee La Colmena and Prince Valley are unsure exactly how much a tariff will impact the experience for customers.
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