Detroit is getting yet another hamburger joint.
Mister Dips, a griddle-style burger spot by New York-based NoHo Hospitality Group will open its first Detroit location on Thursday, July 1, in Parker’s Alley downtown. It’s the third location for Mister Dips, which operates two burger stands in New York.
“The city has become a real second home for us,” Luke Ostrom, owner of NoHo Hospitality, tells Eater. “The Detroit community knows what it likes, and there’s no better time to open a unique “come-as-you-are” burger and ice cream spot for all ages, particularly after such a difficult year.”
Mister Dips’ menu is pretty spartan, with three types of burgers anchoring the menu. For vegetarians, there’s the Impossible Dip, featuring a plant-based Impossible burger patty, plus a tomato slice and sprouts. There also are waffle fries and Dairy Dips, their sweet soft-serve ice cream cones that come in several flavors. The cone of the month is the Summer Patriot, a mix of sweet cherry, bourbon vanilla, and blue raspberry, and perfect for July Fourth. The restaurant also serves Dipsy Doozy (described as a “thick-aaazz shake”), and adult-only Boozy Doozy shakes, along with a few tapped beers. A three-course meal comes in under $20.
The company got its start in a retrofitted 1974 Airstream trailer atop a hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2016 before opening a brick-and-mortar in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport in June 2021.
Upon its opening, Eater NY said Mister Dips was like “Shake Shack on acid,” with an unmistakable similarity to the larger chain because of the use of the potato bun, the griddle-cooking method, and the size of the patty. But Mister Dips doesn’t feel derivative, Eater NY reports, “rather it feels like part of the larger narrative — that of serious restaurant operators letting down their hair and cooking comfort food.”
The Detroit restaurant was originally scheduled to open in Parker’s Alley in 2020 but postponed its plans after the pandemic. The 2,000-square-foot facility is at 19 E. Grand River Ave.