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Birmingham, Michigan

Metro Intelligencer is a periodic column about the vibrant and changing restaurant/dining scene in the metro Detroit area, reported/written by Dana Casadei.

January 2, 2020

Only open since September, Pernoi – 310 E. Maple Road, Birmingham – has recently encountered some behind-the-scenes turbulence. Michelin-star chef, and restaurant partner, Takashi Yagihashi left the Birmingham restaurant to focus on his restaurants in Chicago. Pernoi partner...

January 2, 2020

For the team behind The Alechemy Room – 22646 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale – opening a coffee shop that also had a taproom, along with the recent addition of a full absinthe menu, was a no-brainer. “It’s something I don’t think we see very often,” said David Leslie, operational...

January 2, 2020

Newly formed Nest Egg Hospitality Group opened its first establishment, Mink, around Thanksgiving. Located at 1701 Trumbull Avenue in Detroit’s Corktown, the space only has 20 seats, but executive chef Cameron Rolka said that’s part of its appeal. “I think it brings a differ...

January 2, 2020

Mootz Pizzeria + Bar – 1230 Library Street in downtown Detroit – launched some big menu changes in December, adding items like the Bee Sting Pizza (topped with soppressata, mozzarella, basil and hot honey), a Buffalo Chicken Pizza, multiple hoagies, and pizza fries, which so...

January 2, 2020

For chef Jared Gadbaw, coming up with a name for his upcoming Detroit restaurant, Oak and Reel, was rather difficult. “It was easier naming my children than it was coming up with a name for this,” laughed the Michigan native. “Oak” comes from the wood they’ll be using in the...

January 2, 2020

It might officially be winter in Michigan but Longboard – 21931 Michigan Avenue, Suite 100, Dearborn — wants you to forget the snow and focus on the beach. Open since late November, the interior of the 8,000-square-foot space features surfboards, bright colors, and a bar tha...

January 2, 2020

Looking for a reset at the beginning of the year? Beyond Juice has you covered with their recently launched meal replacement program, The Reboot. Elliot Disner, who handles business development for the company, said the Reboot is a one-day program and sold one day at a time,...

January 2, 2020

The last year was full of new restaurants and bars coming to the area, but there were also lots of closures throughout 2019 that you may have missed. A few restaurants had very short runs, such as Cantoro Trattoria Troy, 1695 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy; Katsu Japanese, 5063 Tr...

November 26, 2019

For those looking for a traditional steakhouse – think white table cloths, jazz playing in the background, and prime cuts of beef – look no further than No. Six Prime, 27000 S. Karevich Drive, Novi, in the former home of No. VI Chophouse. General Manager Tony Amann said whil...

November 26, 2019

Israeli Tal Sasson came to America with a dream: to own a restaurant and cook for friends. The first step of his journey began with the Pita Post food truck, which is often seen at festivals, during lunchtimes at office complexes and in downtown Detroit, and is often hired f...

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