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A New Latin American Restaurant Is Heading to Cass Corridor

It’s called Vecino

a building with a curved corner facade and a for lease sign on a sunny day
A vacant property at 4100 Third Ave. in 2016. The site will soon be home to a new Latin American restaurant called Vecino.
Brenna Houck
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.

A new Latin American restaurant is in the works for Cass Corridor. Vecino, a restaurant and bar serving Mexican, Brazilian, and Argentinian-influenced cuisine, is slated to open inside a distinctive corner building at 4100 Third Ave. sometime in 2020, Crain’s reports.

Attorney’s Luke Wietrzynski and Adriana Wietrzynski-Jimenez in partnership with former Waterford-based Mexican restaurant operator and mother-in-law Eva Lopez-Jimenez are behind the project. The family finalized a lease last week and has already tapped chef Francesco Tola, a former sous chef at Adachi in Birmingham, to lead the kitchen. D MET Studio is designing the 120-seat restaurant and work is expected to take about a year to complete.

Vecino is part of a recent crop of restaurants serving Central and South American cuisine in metro Detroit. In January, Joebar transformed into a Latin American restaurant called Latido while nearby Ferndale restaurant Culantro specializes in Peruvian chicken.

When it opens, the restaurant will join a growing list of food and beverage spots filling in storefronts on Third Avenue. Vecino will be located just a few doors down from Willis Show Bar and a new Indian restaurant called Detroit Masala, while Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is across the street.

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