As of Monday, June 8, restaurants and bars across the state legally started welcoming customers back inside dining rooms for a sit-down meal or a drink. It’s the first time that dine-in service has been permitted in the metro Detroit area since the partial shutdown went into place on March 16 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In order to resume regular service, establishments serving food and beverages are limited to 50 percent of their former seating capacity and must spread out tables and groups of chairs to ensure six feet of social distance between groups. Employees are required to wear face masks and undergo health screenings in addition to other safety trainings and protocols required by the state. Customers must also wear a mask over their nose and mouth when entering restaurants or when they leave the table to help prevent the spread of the virus.
As many restaurant owners can attest, reopening after three months of modified service or complete closure isn’t like flipping a switch. A majority of restaurants have to rehire and retrain staff as well as reconfigure dining rooms, all while acquiring the proper personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies. Issues with the food supply chain resulting from novel coronavirus have also created extra barriers for restaurants trying to resume a something resembling normal service with the menu items customers expect.
At the same time, some restaurants are taking a wait and see approach to reopening dining rooms for the safety of staff and customers or delaying regular service for a month. The list below contains restaurants that have resumed some form of dine-in service. It’s best to call ahead for more info, since hours, official reopening dates, and services change often right now.
If you choose to go, remember to tip well and follow the rules set out by restaurants. No one should have to tell you to wear a mask. And please, for the safety of yourself and others, stay home when you’re sick, wash your hands, and cover coughs with your elbow. For folks who would prefer to stick to carryout at this time, there check out Eater’s latest maps or head over to the guide to restaurants offering carryout, delivery, and patio service only.
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Monarch Club (by reservation)
Bad Luck (reservation-only)
Pappy’s Bar & Grill
Coriander Kitchen & Farm (Patio-only, contactless ordering)
Yumvillage (Private and special events-only dining, carryout, patio dining and a neighborhood market is coming soon)
Michigan and Trumbull (July 8)
Mudgies Deli and Wine Bar (Carryout, walk-up window, and patio service-only)
Batch Brewing Company (Patio seating only)
Takoi (First come, first served patio seating with carryout available by pre-order and a walkup window for the bar)
Peso (Patio-only service as well as carryout and delivery)
Pie-Sci (Patio-only, try calling ahead)
Magnet (Carryout is available for pre-order with picnic-style seating in Core City Park)
The Whitney (Open for private events, reopening for dine-in service on September 9)
Detroit Shipping Co (Patio-only)
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails (July 8)
Sugarhill Arts District
Rivertown Warehouse District
Sherwood Forest/Bagley/University District
Detroit City Distillery (Outdoor tasting room-only service on Riopelle Street starting July 1)
Marrow (Reservation-only, pre fixe meals)
The Congregation (Patio seating)
Iron Horse (July 7)
D’Amato’s (July 7)
Hazel, Ravines and Downtown/Hazel’s Lobster Pound (By reservations or order online for curbside pickup or delivery)
La Strada (By reservation-only)
Chive Kitchen (Ticketed events, patio reservations)
Grosse Pointe Park
The Bricks Pizza (Carryout orders accepted, patio and indoor seating available)
St. Clair Shores
Ima (Corktown and Madison Heights are patio-only, Midtown offers dine-in seating)
This story originally published on Tuesday, June 9.