January 30, 2020

Inside 70 W. Alexandrine Street, Detroit, there’s build-your-own poke bowls and burritos, as well as sushi doughnuts, sushi pizza, and sushi corn dogs. Yes, you read that right – sushi corn dogs. The latest expansion from the Atlanta chain, Poke Burri, opened in December in...

January 30, 2020

In December, Beaumont Hospital’s Woodward Corners gained New Order Coffee Roasters at 30955 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak. This is the first suburban location for the cafe, which is also in midtown Detroit. CEO Elizabeth Rose is excited about not only the opening but their coll...

January 30, 2020

John Hanselman and the team behind the recently opened Essen on Main – 205 S. Main Street, Royal Oak – are doing something not often seen in the area, having their restaurant focus solely on breakfast and lunch. European cuisine, primarily French and German, is on the menu,...

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,...

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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.