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10 Recent Metro Detroit Restaurant and Bar Openings to Know

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A cinnamon roll dripping with thick, white icing is sitting on a small green and white plate next to a branded coffee mug and on top of a Karl’s Coffee Shop placemat.
Karl’s in Detroit.
Michelle Gerard

Having a tough time keeping up with all the new dining options? Welcome to the Opening Report, a regularly-updated roundup of restaurant openings big and small across metro Detroit (and a few around Southeast Michigan). Visit the spring opening report for an archive of the newcomers from roughly April 2019 through June 2019.


September 3

EASTERN MARKET — Pietrzyk Pierogi is still in development but the Gratiot Central Market shop from the popular Polish pop-up took its new carryout menu for a test drive on Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31. Status: Soft open. 1429 Gratiot Ave.

DOWNTOWN — Record shop Paramita Sound is back in action with a new bar and location at the base of the Siren Hotel. The 650-square-foot space serves wines by the glass and bottle as well as beer. Following its weekend preview, Paramita is expected to begin opening for regular hours on Friday, September 6. Status: Soft open. 1515 Broadway St. Suite C.

DOWNTOWN — A retro-style diner called Karl’s from chef Kate Williams and partner Matt Wang debuted inside the Siren Hotel on Thursday, August 29. The restaurant helmed by chef Brennan Calnin and pastry chef Jessica Chaney features an all-day menu with options like Lady of the House-recipe pancakes, cinnamon rolls, spaghetti and meatballs, and Maurice salads. Status: Certified open. 1509 Broadway St.

DOWNTOWN — A walk-up window called Huddle from the team behind Gather opened in mid-August with classic frozen custard flavors and ice cream floats. Status: Certified open. 2 John R St.

MIDTOWN — The first Detroit outpost of metro area chain Poke Poke opened in Midtown in early August serving Hawaiian raw fish salad known as poke. Status: Certified open. 450 Woodward Ave., Suite 301.

CHALDEAN TOWN — Popular corned beef egg roll chain Asian Corned Beef expanded to a new outpost near Palmer Park in August. Status: Certified open. 19102 Woodward Ave.

ROYAL OAK — The owners of the Majestic in Detroit opened a refurbished bowling alley Bowlero Lanes and Lounge in August complete with a bar and an arcade. Status: Certified open. 4209 Coolidge.

SOUTHFIELD — Big Boy opened a new fast-casual restaurant in Southfield. The location is a prototype for the chain and features counter service. Status: Certified open. 26400 Telegraph.

ROYAL OAK — Wahlburgers invaded yet another corner of metro Detroit in August with the debut of its Royal Oak location near Beaumont. Status: Certified open. 30955 Woodward Ave., Suite 605.

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Beyond Juice added a new location with juice, smoothies, and wraps and dine-in seating in Shelby Township. Status: Certified open. 12147 23 Mile Rd.


July 31

TROY — A new espresso and coffee bar Cafe Immortelle recently swung open in Troy. The shop brews using Populace Coffee beans and blends from Eli Tea. Status: Soft open. 4979 Livernois Rd.

DOWNTOWN — Sid Gold’s Request Room debuted its new Detroit outpost inside the Siren Hotel in July. The bar features a selection of cocktails, beer, and wine, but the big draw is its live piano karaoke and burlesque entertainment. Status: Certified open. 1509 Broadway St.

DOWNTOWN — Women-owned shop Detroit Mini Donut settled down into a permanent space in Harmonie Park with a piping hot mini doughnuts sold by the bucket, lemonade, and Italian ice. Status: Certified open. 214 E Grand River Ave.

DOWNTOWN — A new Greektown restaurant and bar called Friend & Associate opened its doors in July beneath rooftop club Delmar Detroit. The restaurant serves items like English pea pierogi, escargot, and bucatini carbonara with lamb pancetta. Status: Certified open. 501 Monroe St.

DOWNTOWN — After losing its lease in the Ford Building, the Green Room returned to downtown Detroit in July with a new salad and soup bar inside the Guardian Building. The quick-service restaurant offers carryout and online ordering. Status: Certified open. 500 Griswold.

FERNDALE — The Outpost, a new southeast Michigan tasting room from spirits brand Traverse City Whiskey Co. debuted inside the Como’s building on Nine Mile and Woodward Avenue in July. The bar serves cocktails as well as spirits flights and a handful of food items. Status: Certified open. 22812 Woodward Ave.

PLYMOUTH — Buddy’s Pizza has expanded its budding Detroit-style pizza empire to yet another outpost in metro Detroit. The new 7,000-square-foot Plymouth restaurant seats 200 people and features a 25-seat patio. Status: Certified open. 15075 Beck Rd.

ANN ARBOR — A Mexican-Korean fusion restaurant called Hola Seoul is now serving Korean barbecue tacos, Korean fried chicken, and Korean barbecue bento boxes in Ann Arbor. Status: Certified open. 715 N University Ave.

ROYAL OAK — Hardcore gamers can find friends and food at LFG Royal Oak, a video game bar and restaurant. The menu features items like pizza, burgers, and nachos. Status: Certified open. 617 S Washington.

DOWNTOWN — A clubby restaurant called the XO Room recently opened in the Financial District of downtown Detroit above actual nightclub the Trust. Status: Certified open. 205 W Congress St. (second floor).


July 15

NORTHWEST — A new carryout barbecue restaurant T-Mo’s BBQ Pit debuted in late-May serving ribs, chicken, and pork chops with all the fixins. This spot also features Peteet’s Cheesecakes for dessert. Status: Certified open. 7401 W. McNichols.

MIDTOWN — A high-end, all-day diner called Babo soft-opened on July 13 with brunch service. The restaurant, located in the Park Shelton building near the Detroit Institute of Arts, took over space previously home to Park Shelton Pizza and Detroit Pizza Company. The menu features options like chilaquiles, Greek salad, and lamb sausage omelettes. Status: Soft open. 15 E Kirby St, Suite 115.

DOWNTOWN — Michigan & Trumbull, a Detroit-style pizzeria owned by metro Detroiters and founded in Pittsburgh, is now popping up inside Fort Street Galley. The owners, who are planning to open a larger location in Corktown later this year, serve square pizzas with gourmet toppings and items like antipasto salad. Status: Certified open. 160 West Fort St.

FERNDALE — Babylon Garden has opened in Ferndale serving Middle Eastern dishes including shawarma, falafel , and saj flatbread sandwiches. Status: Certified open. 23250 Woodward Ave.

CORKTOWN — After a brief hiatus due to licensing issues with the city, soft serve stand Cold Truth returned over the weekend inside Grandma Bob’s. The brand drew long lines for its waffle cones filled with vegan tart cherry, vegan chocolate deluxe, lavender, and sweet cream flavors. Status: Certified open. 2135 Michigan Ave.

SOUTHWEST — Nearly three years after long-standing Mexicantown restaurant El Zocalo closed, the Mexican restaurant has reopened under the ownership of controversial landlord and restaurateur Dennis Kefallinos. Status: Certified open. 3400 Bagley St.

DOWNTOWN — An Asian-influenced restaurant and bar Pao Detroit opened in mid-June serving items like crispy tuna tacos, rock shrimp in chili-garlic sauce, sashimi, and diver scallops. Status: Certified open. 114 W Adams Ave. Ste. 200.

FERNDALE — A new Brooks Brewing taproom debuted at the end of June along Woodward Avenue with 25 handles and a “flat rate sipping” format where all beers are priced at $6 with the size of the pour varying based on the style of beer. Status: Certified open. 22925 Woodward Ave.

MIDTOWN — A new Nepali food stall called Momo Cha is now serving meat and vegetarian dumplings inside Detroit Shipping Company. Status: Certified open. 474 Peterboro St.

DOWNTOWN — The first Detroit location of Plum Market opened at the beginning of July inside the Ally Building. The smaller, city-style market features a massive prepared foods section with a hot and cold bar, a cafe, and a bar serving beer and wine. Status: Certified open. 500 Woodward Ave.

ANN ARBOR — The latest Michigan outpost of Shake Shack debuts on Monday, July 15 in Ann Arbor with Shack burgers, chicken sandwiches, grilled hot dogs, and frozen custard concretes. Status: Certified open. 3030 Washtenaw Ave #107.

MADISON HEIGHTS — Cadillac Straits, a Madison Heights-based brewing supply store and microbrewery debuted in the spring, but is finally rolling out its food and beverage components this month. An official grand opening celebration is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. Once completely open, the business will offer beer, wine, mead, cider, kombucha, and other fermented drinks. Status: Certified open. 27651 John R Rd.

PONTIAC — The owners of shuttered restaurant concept the Menagerie, have returned to their roots with the opening of a bakery called April’s Famous Bakes. Status: Certified open. 518 West Huron St.

GROSSE POINTE PARK — A new spot for honey wine called Recolte Meads is now open in Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Times reports. Owners Rana Jundy and Julijana Simjanovski opened their mead tasting room in April. The meads are produced in Sterling Heights and transferred to bottles and cans for purchase at the Grosse Pointe Park address. Status: Certified open. 15308 Kercheval Ave.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Instagrammy Hong Kong bubble waffles franchise Bubbleology recently debuted at the Mall at Partridge Creek serving gelato in bubble waffle cones with toppings like Pocky and fresh fruit. There’s also bubble tea including milk tea and “cream crowns” (AKA cheese tea). Status: Certified open. The Mall at Partridge Creek, Suite 141, 17420 Hall Rd.

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP — The first Michigan location of celebrity chef Fabio Viviani’s casual trattoria chain Bar Verona opened on Monday, July 1 in Commerce. A second location is heading to Washington Township in August. The menu features options like brick chicken, orecchiette, spaghetti and meatballs, and more. Status: Certified open. 500 Loop Rd.

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A vendor at farmers markets in Birmingham and Royal Oak has opened pierogi store. Dobre Pierogi features pierogi filled with steak-cheddar, potato-cheddar, potato-onion, and sauerkraut. Status: Certified open. 48899 Hayes Rd.

WYANDOTTE — A new bar and grill called Major Biddles debuted in Downriver in April. The restaurant features a salad bar, chicken and waffles, burgers, frog legs, and more. Status: Certified open. 930 Biddle Ave.

ROYAL OAK — There’s a new ramen restaurant in Royal Oak. Kaizen Ramen open in mid-June with a variety of ramen options ranging from miso paitan broth to shoyu chintan. Customers can also expect karaage chicken, green noodle salad, pan-fried gyoza, and more. Status: Certified open. 411 S Washington Ave.

ANN ARBOR — Ever-expanding metro Detroit franchise Poke Poke added a new location in Ann Arbor in mid-June selling fast-casual, build-your-own poke bowls. Status: Certified open. 312 S State St.

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