August 12, 2020

After releasing that Five15 had bought the Royal Oak restaurant Pronto!, 608 S. Washington Avenue, Five15 co-owner Gary Baglio was not anticipating the reaction they received. “The amount of excitement and enthusiasm…is so encouraging. I hope we can live up to the expectatio...

August 12, 2020

Three out of four restaurants – San Morello, The Brakeman, and Penny Red’s – at the Shinola Hotel, 1400 Woodward Avenue, and Shinola Hotel Annex, 22 John R Street, Detroit, have officially reopened as of July. Owned by the NoHo Hospitality Group, which includes Chef Andrew C...

August 12, 2020

When guests enter Jim Brady’s Detroit location in Royal Oak, 1214 S. Main Street, they’ll notice not only their new safety precautions – be sure to wear your mask when you enter the building – but a new menu as well. “This menu is definitely the best one that we’ve done sinc...

August 12, 2020

“Just so you don’t think that we’re crazy, the original grand opening date was scheduled for March 28 of this year,” laughed Andi Numan, a partner in The Ebenezer in downtown Plymouth, which opened in June. Located in the basement of an old bank building at 305 Fleet Street,...

August 12, 2020

Jeremy Sasson, Heirloom Hospitality president and CEO, reopened another one of his restaurants in late July, Prime + Proper, 1145 Griswold Street, Detroit. Even though they haven’t hit full stride yet, Sasson’s been pleasantly surprised with the amount of volume and guest fe...

August 12, 2020

After a slow start – both in regards to retraining staff and customers – when they reopened in late June, Mootz Pizzeria + Bar’s, 1230 Library Street, Detroit, operating partner, Lisa Walters, said things have been picking up. “I feel definitely things are on the upswing for...

August 12, 2020

Opening Slyde has been years in the making for the team behind it, but due to the coronavirus, its opening date has been pushed back again, this time to October 2020. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t introduce their menu to the city, before then – which they started doing in...

February 28, 2020

“Well, we just put a roof on,” laughed chef Brendan McCall about Supergeil, his upcoming restaurant with Two James Distillery owner, David Landrum. Needless to say there is still quite a bit to be done at 2442 Michigan Avenue, Detroit – an empty warehouse now getting a very...

February 28, 2020

“Today is showtime,” said Omar Mitchell in early February about the opening of his new restaurant, Imaginate, inside the Ramada by Wyndham Southfield, 28100 Franklin, Southfield. While the modern American restaurant is new, Mitchell said he came up with the concept years ago...

February 28, 2020

Instead of the classic eggs and toast brunch. 220 Merrill – 220 E. Merrill Street in Birmingham – guests will soon find an infinitely more creative menu. Planned to launch in mid-March, the restaurant’s new concept is focused on having a festive and party atmosphere, with fo...

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