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These Southeast Michigan Restaurants and Bars Closed in 2022

Tracking confirmed restaurant and bar closure from New Martha Washington to Roast

Customers line up beneath the red awning for New Martha Washington and down the street on a gloomy Paczki Day.
New Martha Washington departed in April 2022 after one final, boisterous Paczki Day in Hamtramck.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Restaurants, bars, and cafes have lives. They open, grow, and eventually close — sometimes suddenly, and sometimes simply because it’s time for their owners to move on. Welcome to The Shutter, a regularly updated roundup of Detroit and metro Detroit’s restaurant closures. The list is by no means comprehensive. Have information on another closing? Send all tips to

May 2022

NORTHWEST DETROIT — Neighborhood favorite Connie & Barbara’s Soul Food has closed. Fortunately for fans, the West McNichols brunch spot will live on under the stewardship of a longtime employee Donna Peake with a new name, D&D.

April 2022

HAMTRAMCK — A fixture in Hamtramck since 1925 and a popular destination for paczki seekers on Fat Tuesday, New Martha Washington on Jos Campau permanently closed in April, according to the Detroit News. Owner Sunca “Sandy” Bakic, whose parents purchased the bakery in 1973, cited health issues as a reason for the closing. It’s unclear whether the beloved Eastern European bakery will be sold.

EASTERN MARKET — Longtime Eastern Market restaurant Sala Thai bid farewell to the neighborhood on Saturday, April 9. “We will miss all the memories and good times that everyone has shared with us over the years of being here,” the owners write in a post to Facebook. “Please come visit us at our other location in Sterling Heights.”

TROY — Hippo’s Hot Dogs, a favorite metro Detroit destination for Chicago-style dogs has thrown in the towel. The restaurant announced on Facebook on Thursday, April 28, that it would not be reopening in order to “focus on our health and family.” Alongside the post, the Lukas family shared a GoFundMe for the business’s founder Scott Lukas who is battling cancer. There’s some hope still for Hippo’s. A follow up post on Friday, April 29, suggests that the business may yet live on under different ownership.

STATE FAIR GROUNDS — The indefinite closure of Dutch Girl Donuts is beginning to look more permanent. The beloved doughnut shop closed due to staffing shortages in September 2021. Shortly after, owner Gene Timmer died at age 75, though there was some hope that his son might return to the business. Deadline Detroit reports that the phones have been disconnected and the Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering, and Environmental Department posted a “vacant property registration” notice in March at the property.

March 2022

PLYMOUTH — Citing skyrocketing rent, vegan restaurant Shimmy Shack has departed from its permanent location in Plymouth on Friday, March 11. The shop originally put down roots in the space in 2018. Fans can still find Shimmy Shack around town. The restaurant has returned to its food truck roots and offers baked goods at several local markets.

February 2022

CASS CORRIDOR — Vegan comfort food restaurant Street Beet called it quits on Sunday, February 20, after four years of mega-popular pop-ups and restaurant residency at 3rd Street Bar in Detroit. “We know deep down that this is the right thing to do, and as individuals we are ready for the next chapter in our lives,” co-founders Nina Paletta and Meghan Shaw wrote to followers in a joint statement on Instagram.

YPSILANTI — After half a decade in Ypsi, Cultivate Coffee & Tap House closed indefinitely on Saturday, February 5. In a statement on Instagram, the business cited barriers to continuing operations including the ongoing pandemic, which in February was in the throes of yet another surge in cases. Limited indoor seating and a lack of approvals to provide a covered outdoor seating area in the winter contributed to the closure. The business left open the door to a possible return, but didn’t offer any specifics.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Fattoush Grill and Catering on Hayes closed down the dining portion of its business on Monday, February 28, in order to focus solely on catering. The owners continue to operate a second location, Fattoush Express, at 15 Mile and Mound Road.

January 2022

WEST VILLAGE — Dashing hopes of the revival of its original location, Detroit Vegan Soul permanently closed its Agnes Street location on Friday, December 31. The restaurant announced the shutter on Facebook on Sunday, January 9: “In 2013 we first opened our doors on Agnes to a full house and a line down the street and around the corner. The first business to open on an empty block and the only 100% plant-based restaurant in Detroit at the time, we took a huge risk and we do not regret one moment,” the post reads. “...We had two missions — to help people live healthier lives and revitalize the commercial viability of the neighborhood. We’re proud that we accomplished our goals.” While it’s certainly a loss for West Village, the space has already been scooped up by Yumvillage, who plans to establish a second outpost on the premises near their former food truck stomping grounds.

DOWNTOWN — After briefly relocating to downtown Detroit, Le Culture Cafe shut its doors for good in January, citing the pandemic. In a statement on Instagram, owner Drew Matthews stated that another Le Culture Cafe could return to Detroit potentially in 2023 and redirected customers to visit a carryout-only spinoff on Eight Mile, Culture Soul Detroit.

DOWNTOWN — Michael Symon’s Roast shook the Detroit restaurant industry, when it closed permanently in January. An early beacon of Detroit’s burgeoning dining scene, Roast opened in 2008 and became a proving ground for many local hospitality fixtures including chefs Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard and Brendon Edwards of the Metropolitan. A hub for many celebratory dinners, perhaps its most lasting legacy will be the iconic happy hour burger.

SOUTHWEST — Taqueria El Rey is temporarily shutdown due to a fire that damaged the grilling area and interior of the building on West Vernor. Luckily, fans can still support the local taqueria. The restaurant is popping up weekly at Batch Brewing Company in Corktown.

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