Just in time for the Super Bowl, Eastern Market Brewing Co. is launching pizza and beer home delivery from the brewer’s flagship location. Delivery is now available, as of Wednesday, February 7, in the Midtown area where the build-out of its forthcoming project, Elephant & Co, is currently underway, according to a media release.
Once Elephant & Co. opens to the public sometime this spring at 456 Charlotte St., customers will be able to order Detroit-style pizzas for dine-in or takeout, along the brewery’s signature suds, while during daytime hours, folks can grab a cup of coffee and doughnuts from the hospitality group’s vegan Dooped Donuts. For now, customers can either enjoy pizza at the Eastern Market location or order it to go, or have it delivered if they are within a mile and a half of the Midtown address. The company is aiming to expand delivery offerings citywide in the coming weeks. Pizza production is possible at the Charlotte Street spot as it is already equipped with a licensed kitchen, while the establishment waits for its microbrewer’s permit to be processed by the state.
Eastern Market Brewing Co. took over occupancy of the Midtown property in fall 2023, following the closure of its former tenant, Founders Brewing Co. (which closed following years of controversy earlier in the year). As previously reported by Eater Detroit, the brew pub will also feature dozens of self-serve taps so customers can pour their own pints.
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The Metropolitan Variety Store and Restaurant is mapping out an expansion in the coming months, with the opening of its second Variety Store location — a casual convenience store featuring freshly-made grab-and-go items, beer and wine, coffee, and basic pantry items. The location will be set on the ground level of the 11-story Kahn Building at 7430 in the city’s New Center area, which was transformed into luxury rental housing in 2021, following a dramatic $70 million redevelopment. Owner Rick Stanza tells Eater Detroit that he believes Metropolitan Variety will be the property’s first retail tenant and will as an amenity for residents.
Along with the plans for the new store, Metropolitan’s restaurant operation has shifted its menu to focus primarily on pizza. Stanza says that since the eatery opened in 2021, demand for its square pizza — which he describes as more of a grandma pan-style offering, as opposed to Detroit squares — became so great that it was apparent the spot would need to adjust to accommodate its pizza-eating fans. In addition to square pan pies, the restaurant offers New York-style pizza, which is also available by-the-slice from the adjoining Variety Store. When the restaurant opened, the kitchen was originally helmed by chef Brendon Edwards, who offered more of a modern Cal Mex-inspired menu. Stanza switched that out within the first year to provide more of a casual dining experience for locals of the surrounding neighborhoods.